Sunday, January 19, 2014

CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer 1/19/14

Weekly Prayer Reflection for Winter
“Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose.”
-1 Corinthians 1:10
January 19, 2014
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Church Unity Octave
Dear Friends,
Every year we celebrate a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from January 18-25. While there has been much progress in understanding relationships among Christians, and among people of all religious traditions, much remains to be done. St. Peter Faber, a Jesuit priest recently declared a saint by Pope Francis, expressed the attitude needed if we are to grow in unity. Back in the 16th century he wrote, “Remember, if we want to be of help to them (Non-Catholics) we must be careful to regard them with love, to love them in deed and in truth… We have to win their good will so that they will love us and readily confide in us.”
May that attitude of love be more present in our lives, so that we can unite and labor together with men and women of different traditions in addressing the many concerns and needs of our world.

Heavenly Father, look upon our community of faith which is the Church of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to witness to His love by loving all our fellow creatures without exception. Under the leadership of the Holy Father and the Bishops keep us faithful to Christ’s mission of calling all men and women to Your service so that there may be “one fold and one shepherd.” We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors
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