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, December 12, 2014

Our Lady and Christian Unity

On the feast of La Virgencita we bring you an article from our Lenten 2010 issue (volume 3 no 1) comes this sermon by the very reverend Peter Stravinskas on Our Lady and Christian Unity. This was preached during Evensong for Our Lady of Walsingham, and tells the story of Our Lady of Siluva and Our Lady of Walsingham, but alludes to the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. And in it Fr. Stravinskas preaches about the scandal of Christian disunity and the need for all Christians to take seriously Dante's short but powerful statement in the Commedia "In His will is our peace." Both that we find peace in doing his will and that we will have no peace until we do his will.

Ven con nosotros a caminar, Santa Maria, ven!

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