The Church Community

On November 9, the Catholic Church celebrates the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome. Too often we think of the Church as merely a building, but it is a community of faith. As Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities of those with special needs, wrote in Community and Growth:

“A community — and especially a Christian one — will always be running against the tide of society, with its individualistic values of wealth and comfort and resulting rejection of the people who get in the way of these. A Christian community constantly calls its members to share, welcome, become poorer and go beyond their own resources to a truer love.”

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