Happy Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran

the front of the church of saint John Lateran by  Marie-Lan Nguyen

Images courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen

Today is the feast of the dedication of Saints John Lateran, a church in Rome. The church of dedicated by Pope Sylvester I in AD 324.

It is the cathedral church of the diocese of Rome. It is actually dedicated to both Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist. This feast raises an interesting point about Catholicism, in that we believe in holy places.

Because we believe that God became human in Christ, the created world is a fitting vehicle for God’s activity in the world. Because of this we believe that people, places, and things can be holy, i.e. specially full of God’s grace and love, and that others can benefit from this holiness. This is why the Church is full of shrines, cathedrals, basilicas, tombs, and places where saints lived and died. As Catholics, we have access to the grace of God through many people, things, and places.

Happy feast of the dedication of St. John Lateran!

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