070 – Michael Heinlein on Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood

In the light of civil unrest over racial injustice, there is a great need for models of holiness that can show us a way forward. Yet, what does choosing holiness over racism look like? Who are the six Black Catholics on the road to sainthood and why do their stories matter for the Church Universal?

Joining me on the show today is Michael Heinlein, editor of the book “Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood” to talk about the six Catholics in the process of becoming canonized saints:  Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Venerable Henriette Delille, Venerable Father Augustus Tolton, Servant of God Mother Mary Lange, Servant of God Julia Greeley, and Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman.

In today’s show, we discuss the need for prayer when engaging in political issues, finding solutions that are in conformity with truth, the importance of having real connection with people who think and look differently than us, why studying these six figures is important regardless of the color of your skin, the history of segregation in our Church, and how pursuing holiness is one part of solving this problem.

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Websites mentioned in the show:

  1. Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood
  2. Simplycatholic.com
  3. Thea Bowman address to the USCCB
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