Survivors Witness to Value of Vulnerability

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Survivors Witness to Value of Vulnerability
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On Thursday morning at St. Dominic's in San Francisco (I was moving around a bit this week), the priest celebrating the 8 a.m. Mass said, "This is a safe place, where you can commune with God." Days after the massacre in Texas, to anyone who just happened to be walking in without context, it may have sounded like an act of defiance or a tempting of fate. In his homily, he explained the significance of the day on the Church calendar, marking the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, the official seat of the bishop of Rome -- the pope. This year, it seemed to have so much more added meaning about why we have such sacred spaces and what they're meant for: not an earthly escape but a strengthening for mission, for witnessing to the world why faith is important and what it's all about. St. John Lateran, the first basilica built in Rome, was hit by all kinds of destruction (fire and earthquake) and would be rebuilt with love, but ultimately it is about not the structure itself but communion wi ...

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