“The commitment to unity among
Christians is not the work of a few only, nor is it an incidental
undertaking for the life of the Church. Each one of us is called to make
his or her contribution towards the completion of those steps that lead
to full communion among the disciples of Christ, without ever
forgetting that this unity is above all a gift from God to be constantly
invoked. In fact, the force that supports both unity and the mission
flows from the fruitful encounter with the Risen One, just as was the
case for St Paul on the road to Damascus, and for the Eleven and the
other disciples gathered at Jerusalem."
— His Holiness Benedict XVI, January 29, 2010 at
the Papal Address at the Close of the Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity, “We Must From Now On Give a Common Witness.”
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington, according
to the Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on
Ecumenism §41-44 by the Pontifical Council on the Promotion of Christian
Unity, is established by Bishop to seek greater unity among those who
share one faith and one baptism in Jesus Christ (ecumenism), as well as
to seek deeper understanding among people of all faiths (baptized and
unbaptized, or interreligious) toward a world of mutual respect and
peace. Click here to read more.
Lately as we prepare to receive the new texts
of the Mass, certain phrases come to mind repeatedly, all very similar
to the texts we’ve used for the past forty years. From the third
Eucharistic Prayer, “May this sacrifice of reconciliation, we pray, O
Lord, advance the peace and salvation of all the world…” Click here to continue.
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