Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pope's Lung(s) & the Two Lungs of the Church

Pope Francis had most of a lung removed when he was a teenager.  It had an infection.

The Pope is not just literally breathing with one full lung, but he is spiritually breathing with one full lung, too....since 1054, that is.

The Church must breathe with two lungs again: the East and the West.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit for unity according to the mind of Christ.  Let us pray that it will be during this papacy that Christ's prayer be fulfill in the two lungs of the Church: East-West.

In John 17:20, Our Lord prayed that his followers would be one as He and the Father were one.  Ut unum sint! 

But what is really noteworthy in Jesus' prayer is that He also said at the end, "...that the world may believe that you sent me."  The evangelization of the world is connected with the mystery of the Church's unity, with the Church's communio ecclesiology.

Of course, the Church is one already, as we profess in the Nicene Creed.  There are also many Eastern Catholic Churches that are in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. 

The spiritual head of the Orthodox Churches (which is different than the Eastern Catholic Churches) attended Francis' installation on March 19, 2013.  What a gift from the Holy Spirit!  And it happened on the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

At the time of this blog in 2013, almost 959 years has past since the Great Schism of 1054.  It is reported that the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of Constantinople, the spiritual head of the Orthodox Churches, will travel to the Holy Land together.

Come Holy Spirit!  Fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love!

Lord Jesus, protect the Pope you have appointed for us.  And breathe on your Church your Spirit, so that she may breath once again with two lungs. 

In your holy name, we pray.  Amen.

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