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, October 24, 2012

Christian History Magazine, Free

Christian History magazine has placed its back issues online, where the PDFs are freely downloadable.
From the magazine's "About the Magazine" page:
We at Christian History are often asked what we believe.

The brief answer is that we adhere to the Apostles Creed and try to see the best in each Christian tradition.

God has extended his kingdom through many organizations and traditions and we are content to document the facts in as fair a manner as we can and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Some issues that may be of interest for readers on the CH site include:
Issue 2: John Wesley: Leader of the Methodist Movement
Issue #7: C. S. Lewis—His Life, Thought, and Theology
Issue #31: Golden Age of Hymns
Issue 48: Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation
Issue #60: How the Irish Were Saved
Issue #75: G.K. Chesterton: Prolific Writer & Apologist
Issue #100: Anniversary of KJV

Hat tip to Fr. Stephen Smuts

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