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Monday, May 08, 2006

Hope for East and West

Here is a hopeful sign from Greece, hopefully another blessing is coming soon through the grace. Reminds me of this excerpt from the third eucharistic prayer from the Roman Missal:

"From age to age you gather a people to yourself,
so that from east to west
a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name.”

Amen! In the apostolic letter Orientale Lumen, Pope John Paul the Great refers to this prayer as a "call to our unity" which we must not neglect. According to this resource, that eucharistic prayer itself comes from the East.

Here is where we need the Holy Spirit today, when the world needs to hear the gospel more than ever. Let the Church in the East and West clean house and end the scandalous schism that betrays the will of Christ: "ut unum sint" -- they may be one. Our Lord himself tells us why this is important: "that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me." (John 17:23).

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