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

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cardinal DiNardo is positive about the future of Anglican Use

By Mary Ann Mueller

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- The evening started with the sustained reverberating echo of the bell emanating forth from Our Lady of Walsingham's bell tower calling that Catholic Anglican Use congregation to communal Evening Prayer. A hush fell over the assembling flock. The silence grew more profound as the deepening darkness was gathering with each low-pitched resonating sound of the bell eventually turning the jeweled stained glass windows into blackened geometric shapes. Choir candles were lit on Our Lady of Walsingham's gold-laced reredo, leaving the Eucharistic wicks flameless. Silently two Catholic saints from the English Reformation struggle, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher -- both depicted in their distinctive 16th Century English garb, watch as preparations are made for the recitation of Evening Prayer from the Book of Divine Worship...

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Photos courtesy of Margaret Pichon

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