Br. Steve Herro's Blog
"THERE IS NO VIRTUE SO TRULY GREAT AND GOD LIKE, AS JUSTICE."
Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., professed solemn vows to the Community of St. Norbert Abbey in 1991. For several years, he headed the justice and peace ministry of St. Norbert Abbey and presently serves as Manager of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities USA, Alexandria, VA. His current ministry connects him to national Catholic issues and Church ministers throughout the country.
DISCLAIMER: This blog represents Br. Herro's own opinions and experiences. It does not represent an official position or opinion of neither of the organizations, St. Norbert Abbey nor Catholic Charities USA, nor of any of the organizations' members.
November 1, 2014
Entry #33: Who will you remember this All Saints' Day?
by Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem.
As the Church recognizes All Saints’ Day on November 1, I reflect upon my visits to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a five-minute walk from my residence. Whether I visit to attend Mass or while hosting visitors, I am always struck by a row of memorials to a number of important U.S. saints: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Katharine Drexel, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Though they are not depicted in the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in Washington’s Gallery Place, their importance to us cannot be underestimated.
I don’t intend this reflection to be a description of the lives of these U.S. saints. You can consult Catholic Online or Michael Glazier and Thomas J. Shelley’s The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1997) if you like. My point is that saints that hold an important role in the history of the United States deserve attention and I am glad that they are prominently remembered in the Basilica of the National Shrine, located in our nation’s capital.
We don’t honor them for elections, battles, or championships won; books written; movies starred in; or wealth accumulated. The accomplishments of these U.S. saints is intertwined with an appreciation for the diversity and social outreach of our Catholic religious heritage. Kateri was the first American Indian to be canonized; Elizabeth Ann Seton, Francis Xavier Cabrini, and Rose Philippine Duchesne lived longer lives and established educational, health, and social ministries, in the name of the Catholic Church, to the marginalized of all faiths.
All Saints’ Day is sandwiched between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Between Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating, and lots of candy AND Thanksgiving family reunions, turkey dinners, and football games, let us not forget the saints that went before us. In 2014, the U.S. Church benefits from their courage, energy, dedication to ministry and love of God and neighbor. And while you are at it, say a prayer or two to help get a few other U.S. causes across the goal line of canonization; wouldn’t it be great to see Servant of God Dorothy Day, Fr. Solanus Casey, O.F.M. Cap., and Fr. Augustus Tolton remembered by the Catholic and non-Catholic faithful to our National Basilica at the same time as the saints mentioned above?
Archived Blog Posts
- Entry #32: "Speak up now, or forever hold your peace!" (Archived November 1, 2014)
- Entry #31: "What do the Donald Sterling, ISIS overruns, and unaccompanied youth crises have in common?" (Archived October 1, 2014)
- Entry #30: "How will you remember the summer of 2014?" (Archived September 2, 2014)
- Entry #29: "Addressing privilege and personal prejudice" (Archived July 30, 2014)
- Entry #28: "Are you ready to be their friends?" (Archived June 30, 2104)
- Entry #27: "Two Popes, Two Voices for International Peace" (Archived June 2, 2014)
- Entry #26: "This Pope Gives Me (and a lot of Protestants) Hope" (Archived May 5, 2014)
- Entry #25: "What does it mean to 'take on the smell of the sheep'?" (Archived March 31, 2014)
- Entry #24: "Gimme Shelter has implications for respecting all of human life" (Archived March 3, 2014)
- Entry #23: "Lack of unemployment insurance threatens livelihood of 1.3 million U.S. workers" (Archived January 28, 2014)
- Entry #22: "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" (Archived January 2, 2014)
- Entry #21: "Inspirations from an hour of prayer in Washington, D.C.'s St. Matthew's Cathedral" (Archived December 3, 2013)
- Entry #20: "A victory for public will in U.S.-Syria relations" (Archived November 4, 2013)
- Entry #19: "Mobility for whom and what?" (Archived September 30, 2013)
- Entry #18: "What sources are influencing your position on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S.?" (Archived September 3, 2013)
- Entry #17: "Head to the border, but not for Taco Bell" (Archived July 29, 2013)
- Entry #16: "Remember – they work for us" (Archived June 28, 2013)
- Entry #15: "To insure that justice flows like water" (Archived May 4, 2013)
- Entry #14: "Pope Francis gains early praise from Catholic social action figures" (Archived April 10, 2013)
- Entry #13: The moral impact of sequestration (Archived March 3, 2013)
- Entry #12: "My first U.S. Presidential Inauguration" (Archived February 2, 2013)
- Entry #11: "Time to vigorously embrace reduction of gun violence as a Catholic pro-life issue" (Archived January 8, 2013)
- Entry #10: "December is not too early to think about community gardens" (Archived December 4, 2012)
- Entry #9: "Vengeance ≠ Justice" (Archived November 5, 2012)
- Entry #8: "Is it a sin not to vote?" (Archived October 9, 2012)
- Entry #7: "Costing monarchies and election campaigns during an international economic downturn" (Archived September 9, 2012)
- Entry #6: "Neighborliness and the extreme summer weather of 2012" (Archived August 4, 2012)
- Entry #5: "Eph 6: 13-17 and a first round victory for DREAMers and their advocates" (Archived June 17, 2012)
- Entry #4: "Cultivating Joy, Gratitude and Compassion in Today's Church" (Archived May 12, 2012)
- Entry #3: "God is Neither Red Nor Blue" (Archived April 14, 2012)
- Entry #2: "Operation Rice Bowl Opens Doors to Understanding Global Development Issues" (Archived March 5, 2012)
- Entry #1: "We're 27! We're 27!" (Archived January 14, 2012)