Thursday, January 18, 2007

Christian Unity Week

Today begins "Christian Unity Week" so I hope we can all lay aside our differences for a while. (Don't worry, Protestant vs. Catholic fighting to resume on January 26th)... Just kidding.

The prayer for Christian unity, however, cannot be limited to a week of the year. The joint invocation to the Lord, to bring about, when and how he knows, the full unity of all his disciples, must be extended to each day of the year.

Moreover, the harmony of objectives in the "diakonia" to relieve man's sufferings, the search for the truth of Christ's message, conversion and penance, are imperative stages through which every Christian worthy of the name must unite with his brother to implore the gift of unity and communion.

I exhort you, therefore, to spend these days in a climate of prayerful listening to the Spirit of God so that significant steps will be taken on the path of full and perfect communion among all Christ's disciples.
- Pope Benedict XVI
Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all both now and forever. Amen.

1 comment:

dave said...

Samuel Clear, a 28 year old from Australia, is walking an 18 month pilgrimage across the planet inviting people to join him in praying for the unity of all Christians. Naming the pilgrimage, Walk4One, Sam sold everything he owned to personally fund the journey, and left Australia on December 14, 2006. This began his 29,000km, 564 day, worldwide journey, which will include 18,000kms travelled on foot. Sam is soon to arrive in the US. To read about Sam’s journey, have a look at www.ymt.com.au/walk4one