The week for Church Unity begins today and ends on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25. This special week of prayer for unity among all denominations began in 1908. This year’s theme is “Abide in My Love” (John 15). Can there be any greater source of unity than to remember that people of all religions abide in God’s love? The work of ecumenism has deepened understanding significantly, yet more needs to be done. When the divisions and tensions in our country and our world seem insurmountable, people of faith must lead in giving an example of unity. Jay Weatherill wrote, “You don’t get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.” Let us pray for greater unity stemming from the courage to face important religious questions.
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