Yesterday, at least in England and Wales, the Church kept the feast of All Saints. (Elsewhere the feast was kept on its more usual date of 1st November)
The image on this page is of Rome’s Pantheon, the temple built c20BC and dedicated to all the gods. In 609 it was consecrated as a church by Pope Boniface and dedicated to Our Lady and all martyrs. The dedication includes reference to the martyrs because Pope Boniface had brought to the church, from the catacombs and cemeteries of Rome, 28 wagonloads of the bones of martyrs (and other early Christians?) to be interred there. What had been a temple of all the gods was now the House of God, and house of the Church, house of the saints of God.
The Beatitudes, heard at Mass yesterday, are so familiar. Perhaps in prayer today, read the words of Jesus slowly, hearing the words as…
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