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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Homily of the Rev. Jeffrey Steenson at Mount Calvary

Newly appointed Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Rev. Jeffrey N. Steenson, preaches at Mount Calvary Church, Baltimore, at the Mass in which 36 members of the parish were confirmed and received into full communion with the Catholic Church.

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