The Church Militant Under the Bridge
Sister, Maria and Stella ~ Arakawa under the bridge
The Church Militant
What is meant by the “communion of saints” ?
All the members of the church united to Christ ; that is : 1, the saints in heaven, called the Church triumphant; 2, the souls in purgatory, called the Church suffering; 3, the faithful on earth, called the Church militant.
The Church of Christ, considered in its widest signification, comprises all those who belong to him by faith – wherever they are, or in whatever state or condition they may be. The members of this Church are divided into three classes. The first contains all those who belong to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church upon earth.
Although there are in the Church a great many sinners, yet the faithful of which it consists are called saints : 1. Because, since the Church was founded by Jesus Christ, all its members have been sanctified by baptism. 2. Because, as long as they persevere in grace – or when, having lost it by sun, they recover it by penance – they are saints. 3. Because they are always called to a holy life, and ought, in order to correspond with the designs of God, to walk in the way of justice and perfection, that they may enjoy one daut the glory and happiness of the saints. It is for this reason that St. Paul, when speaking or writing to the faithful of his times, called them saints. This portion of the Church is generally called “the Church Militant”; that is, the fighting Church, because her children are still fighting against the enemies of their salvation, and working hard to obtain eternal happiness.
Sister Maria Stella
The Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek, also known as the Eleven Nuns of Nowogródek or Sister M. Stella and Companions were a group of Roman Catholic nuns from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth killed in August 1943 by the Gestapo in exchange for 120 condemned citizens of Nowogrodek, Belarus.
On 18 September 1991, the canonization process for the eleven nuns was officially opened. Pope John Paul II beatified them with a group of thirty-three others on Sunday, 5 March 2000