No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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In May of this year the acclaimed graphic designer Massimo Vignelli passed away. He was responsible for a lot of images we are accustomed to seeing: high-end stores like Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys all had logos designed by him. He also designed the signs for the New York and Washington subways and even gave the name to D.C.’s system, the Metro.
His New York Times obituary ended with the story of how he would have loved developing a corporate identity for the Vatican: “I would go to the pope and say, ‘Your Holiness, the logo is O.K.,” referring to the cross, “but everything else has to go.” Massimo Vignelli was not only an acclaimed graphic artist but also a profound theologian. On this feast we ask ourselves, What “has to go” in my life so I might move from “O.K.” to exultant?
—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. is a professor of education and Rector of the Jesuit community at John Carroll University, University Heights OH.
Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes, to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times, to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others. Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.