This article was submitted by John O’Laughlin Kennedy on behalf of ‘Christians United in Prayer’.
Christian Unity Week runs from January 18th to 25th, and the plan is to welcome people from other denominations to our churches or meeting places to pray for church unity, for peace, and for blessings on one another. The unity we are praying for is the unity that Jesus prayed for, the unity of caring love.
Chris McDonnell in a recent article in the Catholic Times comments on the role of the prophet in our church.
“Prophets exist in our time, they tell the story of what is and of what it might become. They do so fully aware of the consequences of speaking out, knowing that they will be ostracized and derided. For love for the Church, their home, they suffer the loneliness of rejection.”
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One of the rich veins of wisdom in Francis’ words to the bishops of the U.S.A.
“Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16).
The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society.
I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly.”
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