Gracious Father, listen to our morning prayer. Grant me the grace to turn my thoughts to what is holy and may I ever live in the light of your love, serving others and helping them to see the beauty of God. I offer you this day for the intention of Pope Francis for this month.
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.
Jesus prayed for his followers: “Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one” (Jn.17:11). When we pray for Christian Unity, we know that what we desire is what Christ desires.
Alongside such prayer for unity, it can help to reflect on our underlying attitudes. Some questions: When we think of the “Church”, do we only mean the Roman Catholic Church or have we in mind the World Church comprising all who recognise Jesus as Lord? When in Ireland we speak of the renewal of the Church, do we simply mean the Roman Catholic Church or include all Christian bodies on this island? Is our attitude exclusive or inclusive?
- Fr Brian O’Leary SJ, extracted from Living Prayer