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

Friday, November 20, 2009

Criticizing Your Mother

Fr. Holiday, considering the character of some Anglican writing about the Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus writes at the blog The Anglo-Catholic:
It is not unusual for children, as those of you who have raised any can attest, to criticize their parents. This is particularly evident in the adolescent years when children know everything (just ask them and they’ll tell you so), and parents know nothing (a proposition expounded with equal vehemence by the youngsters). When confronted with the occasion in which the babes, in all but body, level their juvenile rhetoric toward those who gave birth to them, nurture, and love them, it saddens the parents, and for the most part, mom. More specifically, the evil of this situation is exacerbated when the disparagement is leveled at the mother...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic.

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