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, August 28, 2013

News from the Sodality of St. Edmund, King & Martyr

The Update, from St. Edmund's in Cambridge, Ontario, is always a good read, and I commend this monthly newsletter to all of you who stop by here. In this month's issue, there's a reflection by Msgr. Andrew Burnham on the birth of the Ordinariates, and he concludes on this hopeful note:

We are few, like Gideon's men (Judges 6), but the bravery of 80 priests, most of whom have lost stipend and some future pension benefits, and the 30 or 40 groups of laity, who have lost their habitual time and place of worship and nowadays go to church at a less convenient time and to a less convenient place, is, we believe, the beginning of something new and magnificent. It is not just Choral Evensong and all that, though the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham provides that for us, it is a step towards the healing of one of the most damaging wounds of history, the dividing of Christ's Body the Church, here in England.
The update is available from St. Edmund's web site.

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