St. Angela Merici, in her writings said, “Live in harmony, one heart, one will. Long for it, search for it, embrace it with all your strength.”
I was reminded of this quote when I was reflecting on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. January 18 – 25, 2017 is the time designated when Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. By annually observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one." (John 17:21) The theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Reconciliation-The Love of Christ Compels Us." (2 Corinthians 5:14-20).
As we continue to pray for unity let us remember the words of St. Angela and the mandate of Jesus.
Prayer for Christian Unity
God of all, we pray as one, that we may be one, just as the Lord Jesus prayed we may be one in Him. Your son Jesus compels us to be reconciled to one another. May our spirits be joined to your Holy Spirit that we may witness to the visible unity of your Church. May we all recognize that we are truly one with you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and grow together in peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen
Compliments of Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute.
Pat Schifini, OSU