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                                   Holy Hands
"It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger
or argument."  I Timothy 2:8

These words from the second reading for this weekend at once offer a beautiful image and a challenge.  In some translations, the phrase "holy hands" is rendered "blameless hands."  In any event, the point is clear: true worship of God must be pure and without agenda.  There must be a link between our daily behavior and life-style which matches our boldness and courage to worship the Lord.  The connection was sadly lacking at the time of the prophet Amos in 700 B.C. and in the behavior of the dishonest steward in Luke's parable.

This week's image comes from one of the tapestries designed by John Nava for the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA.  Working from memories of how European Cathedrals and churches from the first millennium often lined their walls with mosaics of saints, John Nava designed tapestries for both the long north and south walls of the nave of the Cathedral.  We are literally "surrounded" by the communion of saints as we gather for worship.  These saints represent a microcosm of the diversity of the Church.

Before your eyes is Tapestry #5 from the North wall of the Cathedral.  From left to right the saints are:

1) Bruno, priest and founder of the Carthursian order in France in the mid 11th century.

2) Anselm, a Benedictine monk from Normandy, later made Archbishop of Canterbury, England, a Doctor of the Church and famed theologian

3)  Bartholomew (also called Nathaniel); the apostle Jesus spoke of as being "without guile"

4)  Mother Teresa of Kolkata, founder of the Missionaries of Charity in India

5)  Pope John XXII, the Pope who  convened Vatican II (1962-1965)

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