Thursday, November 12, 2015

St. Josaphat, pray for us!

It is our constant prayer that our Triune God will restore unity to His Church.  It is happening, rather dramatically in some parts of the world. It is a ground swell here in the United States.  We pray today with St. Josaphat that the words of John 17 would be fulfilled: "Jesus said: Holy Father, protect those you have given me with the power of your name, that they may be perfectly one; then the world will know that it was you who sent me....The glory which you gave me, I have given to them. That they may be one; then the world will know that it was you who sent me."

Consider the counsel of Pope Pius XI:

"In designing his Church God worked with such skill that in the fullness of time it would resemble a single great family embracing all men. It can be identified, as we know, by certain distinctive characteristics, notably its universality and unity. Christ the Lord passed on to his apostles the task he had received from the Father: I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. He wanted the apostles as a body to be intimately bound together, first by the inner tie of the same faith and love which flows into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and, second, by the external tie of authority exercised by one apostle over the others. For this he assigned the primacy to Peter, the souce and visible basis of their unity for all time. So that the unity and agreement among them would endure, God wisely stamped them, one might say, with the mark of holiness and martyrdom....
[St. Josaphat] concerned mainly with seeing his own people reunited to the See of Peter, sought out every available argument which would foster and maintain Church unity. His best arguments were drawn from liturgical books, sanctioned by the Fathers of the Church...."

"Stir up in your Church,
we pray, O LORD,
the Spirit that filled Saint Josaphat
as he laid down his life for the sheep,
so that through his intercessions we, too,
may be strenthened by the same Spirit
and not be afraid to lay down our life for others.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who live and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."

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