“Walking the Good Red Road: Nicholas Black Elk’s Journey to Sainthood”

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“Walking the Good Red Road:
Nicholas Black Elk’s Journey to Sainthood”

This retelling of Black Elk’s life and legacy relies heavily on archival photographs and publications, expert interviews, and historical reenactments on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In so doing, it goes beyond the book, Black Elk Speaks, and encompasses his entire life and legacy culminating with his family’s request that the Catholic Church declare him a saint.

Two Roads – An Introduction

“If we desire to go to heaven, and three things we must observe:

  • We must believe all that God has revealed.
  • We must observe the commandments of God.
  • We must receive the seven sacraments.

“There is only one God, but there are three persons in God whom we must adore, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. (CCC.234) These three persons are one God. They possess all things: all alike. One Wisdom, one kind. God is a living spirit (Jn 4:24) (Rm 5:5). He has no body, and don’t need to have any. God is very great: can do all things, He knows everything, and is in heaven and on earth. God made everything according to his will (Rom 8:28) (Eph 4:20) (Ps 148:2-5).

First, he made angels and they were good, but a part of them failed to adore God, so he cast them away and made them to suffer. They will suffer for all eternity in the home of the devil. (CCC 391) Those who were obedient to God are now in heaven” (CCC.331).

Want to learn more? Starting July 27, detailed photos from Two Roads image will be released here and on our Facebook page — @nicholasblack elkservantofgod — once a week!

Deacon Bill White and his wife Terri, is the pictorial catechism of the Two Roads. Included in the display are references for further reading. The couple spent many months dissecting the section of the Two Roads as part of their Veritatis Splendor Master’s project. (The VSI program is sponsored by the Diocese of Rapid City to train catechists.) The couple’s purpose was to provide current biblical quotes or parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) for references.