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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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The Church asks the faithful for more intense prayer for unity during the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians, from January 18 to 25, culminating on the feast of St Paul.

8 days = 8 prayers
Please say a prayer each day for the following intention: that all of us Catholics may be faithful and determined to struggle to be saints.
It is so obviously reasonable. What else are we to desire for those we love, for those who are bound to us by the strong ties of the faith?
The Forge, 925



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One heart and one soul
Pray to God that in the Holy Church, our Mother, the hearts of all may be one heart, as they were in the earliest times of Christianity; so that the words of Scripture may be truly fulfilled until the end of the ages: Multitudinis autem credentium erat cor unum et anima una — the company of the faithful were of one heart and one soul.
I am saying this to you in all seriousness: may this holy unity not come to any harm through you. Take it to your prayer!
The Forge, 632


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To enlarge the heart, to open it to all men
I venerate with all my strength the Rome of Peter and Paul, bathed in the blood of martyrs, the centre from which so many have set out to propagate throughout the world the saving word of Christ. To be Roman does not entail any manifestation of provincialism, but rather of authentic ecumenism. It presupposes the desire to enlarge the heart, to open it to all men with the redemptive zeal of Christ, who seeks all men and takes in all men, for he has loved all men first.
In Love with the Church, 11


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The unity of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Let me begin by reminding you of something Saint Cyprian tells us: The universal Church is a people which derives its unity from the unity of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
In Love with the Church, 17


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To saturate our life with the virtue of charity
This pouring out of the Holy Spirit unites us to Christ and makes us acknowledge that we are children of God. The Paraclete, who is Love, teaches us to saturate our life with the virtue of charity. Thus consummati in unum: “made one with Christ,” we can be among men what the Eucharist is for us, in the words of St Augustine: “a sign of unity, a bond of love.”
Christ is Passing By, 87

It is Jesus who speaks: ‘Amen I say to you: ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.’
Pray. In what human venture could you have greater guarantees of success?
The Way, 96


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The Communion of Saints
You will find it easier to do your duty if you think of how your brothers are helping you, and of the help you fail to give them if you are not faithful.
The Way, 549

I thought the comment on loyalty you had written to me was very appropriate to all those moments in history which the devil makes his business to repeat. You said: “I carry with me every day in my heart, in my mind and on my lips, an aspiration: Rome.”
Furrow, 344


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Unity and variety
You were amazed to hear me approve of the lack of ‘uniformity’ in that apostolate in which you work. And I told you: Unity and variety. You have to be different from one another, as the saints in heaven are different, each having their own personal and special characteristics. But also as alike one another as the saints, who would not be saints if they had not each identified themselves with Christ.
The Way, 947


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Faithfulness
The Church is apostolic by constitution. That which truly is and is called Catholic, should stand out at one and the same time by the prerogatives of unity, holiness and apostolic succession. In that way, the Church is one, with a clear and perfect unity of the whole world and all nations, with that unity of which the principle, root and indefectible origin is the supreme authority and most excellent primacy of blessed Peter, prince of the Apostles, and his successors in the Roman See. And there is no other Catholic Church, but that one which, built on the one Peter, rises up on the unity of the faith and on charity in one unique body, joined together and compact.
We help to make that apostolic continuity more evident in the eyes of all by demonstrating with exquisite fidelity our union with the Pope, which is union with Peter. Love for the Roman Pontiff must be in us a delightful passion, for in him we see Christ. If we speak with the Lord in prayer, we will go forward with a clear gaze that will permit us to perceive the action of the Holy Spirit, even in the face of events we do not understand or which produce sighs or sorrow.
In Love with the Church, 13


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For apart from me you can do nothing
What beautiful tones Our Lord uses to express this doctrine! He multiplies words and images so that we may understand it, so that this passion for unity may remain engraved on our souls. “I am the true vine and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes that it may bear more fruit... Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:1-5)
In Love with the Church

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