By Thomas Levergood, Originally Published by AMERICA
(Thomas Levergood is executive director and a co-founder of the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago.)
Central to the vision of Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., who blessed the founding of the Lumen Christi Institute in 1997, was the notion of Communio, communion. On April 17, we observe the fifth anniversary of his death. The idea of communion was a common thread through the three books he published with the assistance of the Lumen Christi Institute: The Difference God Makes, God in Actionand A Godly Humanism. To put his thought into one phrase: We come to know and to be ourselves in relationship to others and to God.