The Word Among Us

June 2018 Issue

Fulfilling a Sacred Vision

How Nicholas Black Elk brought the gospel to his fellow Lakota.

By: Kevin Loker

Fulfilling a Sacred Vision: How Nicholas Black Elk brought the gospel to his fellow Lakota. by Kevin Loker

In October, Pope Francis will convene a worldwide synod of bishops and heads of religious orders to discuss the faith, young people, and vocations. To prepare for this gathering, we are going to feature three stories focusing on vocation and discernment. This month, we focus on the vocation to evangelization and catechesis by looking at Nicholas Black Elk, a layperson who brought Christ to his own people, the Lakota of South Dakota. In coming issues, we will highlight vocations to the priesthood and married life.

When he was about nine years old, an Oglala Lakota boy received a vision. Two men came down from the clouds and brought him into a sacred...

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