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An Anointed Leader to Bring Us All Together

Today begins the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It’s a whole week dedicated to praying Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper: “That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you” (John 17:21). What better way to begin this week than with a reading about a king anointed to unify God’s people?

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

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

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Becoming honest in prayer

Very often when we talk of prayer, we think of polite conversation with God – saying the right words, the right formulas, in a certain tone of voice and so on. But prayer in the Bible is anything, but that. Just read the Book of Psalms for example, which is full of raw emotion expressed to God as prayer. This is because an important aspect of engaging with God from the heart in prayer, is learning to be honest with what’s coming up in our hearts. In today’s Bible reading, we find another example of honesty in prayer and hear how it’s also the place where we can find intimacy with God.

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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

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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

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Learning to ‘see’ with my heart

Two thousand years ago, something beautiful and earth-shattering happened. Jesus – God Himself – entered our world as a baby. Angels rejoiced that day. Shepherds exulted. Joseph was in awe. And Mary was filled with adoration. Yet, for all that, anyone passing by the place of his birth would have seen nothing more than a