The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Lenten Reading Plan

Read selections from the writings of the great Father Faber and Cardinal Newman each day until Easter.

Lent is a time of personal conversion and greater participation in the life of the Church. By reading the writings of the great spiritual authors, we can find the inspiration and example we need to follow Christ more closely each day in the particularity of our own lives.
This reading plan goes through Father Faber’s reflections on the virtue of kindness, Cardinal Newman’s reflections on Christian hope and the Redemption, a beautiful ancient meditation on Holy Saturday, and finally, one of Cardinal Newman’s meditations on the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ...

Visit the web site of Fr. Jerabek, Love the Church.

Hat tip to the New Liturgical Movement blog.

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