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A Journey of Prayer over the next eight days

For the eight days of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021, ‘The Monastic Community of Grandchamp’ have proposed a journey of prayer: Day 1: Called by God: “You did not choose me but I chose you” (Jn. 15:16a) Day 2: Maturing internally: “Abide in me as I abide in you” (Jn. 15:4a)

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Intro to the theme for the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021’ – part 2

Abiding in Christ, the source of all love, the fruit of communion grows Communion with Christ demands communion with others. Dorotheus of Gaza, a monk in Palestine in the 6th century, expressed this in the following way: Imagine a circle drawn on the ground, that is, a line drawn in a circle with a compass,

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Intro to the theme for the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021’ – part 1

To abide in God’s love is to be reconciled with oneself The French words for monk and nun (moine/moniale) come from the Greek μόνος which means alone and one. Our hearts, bodies and minds, far from being one, are often scattered, being pulled in several directions. The monk or nun desires to be one in

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The Monastic Community of Grandchamp

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 was prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family. In

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

The week of Jan.18th-25th every year has been designated by many Christian churches as the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’, when we pray along with Jesus in John 17, that we will be one, as the Father & He are one. The work of building unity between Catholics and other Christians can be a

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

An unexpected source of energy

If you struggle to make space for time with God, this passage can help you. Sometimes the excessive demands of life require that you get more rest. God knows about your physical needs; he cares about you and he doesn’t want you to get worn down. But he also knows that you need to connect

LOVING FROM THE HEART

What does love for others look like, in the messy circumstances of life?

As disciples of Jesus, we’re commanded to love others, just as Jesus loves us. Obeying God is so simple. You just have to love. Obeying God is so difficult. You always have to love. But John gives us an important key to loving others. Clearly, the love John is talking about in his letter, is more than

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Growing in the love of God leads to relational unity

Picture a comic strip where Mom and Dad go out for the evening and leave their oldest child in charge of the younger ones. As they walk out the door, the kids smile pleasantly and wave goodbye. But the minute the door closes, the children start fighting with each other and tearing the house apart.

BIBLICAL ROOTS OF CATHOLIC TEACHING

Mary, Mother of God

Some Christians struggle with the titles that the Catholic Church has given to Mary. This article seeks to bring understanding about where the Catholic Church is coming from, by explaining what one such title means and its roots in the Bible. Mary, Mother of God  Today (Jan.1st), the Catholic Church celebrates the ‘Solemnity of Mary,

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Discovering the real blessing

When we see babies more fascinated by the wrapping or the box than the gift itself, we laugh because we think it’s cute that they don’t understand what the real gift is or its value. But how often do I think/act in the same way? How often do I get more fascinated with and attached