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, June 17, 2009

Traditions flourish at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

by Lynsy Smithson-Stanley
Jun. 14, 2009 07:34 AM

Nothing captures the spirit of community that defines St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church like the front steps. Before Mass, unofficial greeters take posts at the top, joking with nearly everyone by name. Parishioners introduce guests from out of town to the deacon at the door. Afterward, no one hurries to the parking lot. Inevitably, small groups gather on the sidewalks to chat, as both old and new mothers take up residence on the concrete benches to pass babies around and catch up...

Read the rest in The Kansas City Star.

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