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Here is our final piece of the 40 Day Lenten Series of Saints. The Jewish Holiday of Passover is concluding and the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus begins on Easter Sunday. We're presenting Saint Maximilian Kolbe and the Pectoral Cross of Pope Francis as our final posts of the series.
A Doctor of the Church, Saint Teresa of Avila is one of only 4 women to be decreed the honor. More concrete evidence of the handicap women have had in the Catholic Church! Fortunately, Pope Francis is also following a forward thinking path about expanding women's roles in the church, listening, and is also, working diligently to “Build a Bigger Tent,” and become radically inclusive, and not exclusive.
We are offering our very unique hand painted 4" Pectoral Cross of Pope Francis for $25.00. The medal is 3 or 4 times as big as the typical medals. It has Jesus tending to the sheep with one draped over his shoulder. And usually, in the sea of white sheep we’ve painted we put a sheep painted black to represent those marginalized and forgotten. The sheep is “smack dab in the middle,” in the flock just like the rest of us. It’s a very cool medal but it’s big!
Blessed Charles de Foucauld will finally become Saint Charles! 350 members of his family will be there to celebrate. It’s not certain what Pope Francis and his Cardinal friends will decide about specific patronages for Saint Charles. Saints’ patronages typically evolve organically, it seems.
Pope Francis has suggested we pursue the Lenten Calendar, not so much as a period of abstention and sacrifice, and more as a time for reflection. Rather than “Giving Up” candy or beer for 40 days, Pope Francis says we can best present the true meaning of Lenten Vows as a time for changing attitudes and for examining our prejudices.