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 25, 2015

The Causes for My Becoming Catholic

To close out the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we present this article from Anglican Embers by the leader of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson. Writing about his motivation for becoming Catholic, he follows in the footsteps of Fr. Paul Wattson, creator of the Chair of Unity Octave, in finding his own personal communion with the Apostolic See to be the basis for furthering the cause of Christian unity.
Read the article at the Anglican Embers page of the Anglican Use Society site:

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