Pope Francis calls all Christians to unity during His General Audience Catechesis. He challenges us not to remain resigned to this division, but to take the step towards reconciliation and full communion. “Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou hast given me, that they be one, even as we are one,” (John 17:11)“Finally, you are one with Jesus as the body is one with the head. He must be your breath, heart, love, life, your all. These great gifts in the follower of Christ originate from baptism. They are increased and strengthened through Confirmation. Through the Holy Eucharist, they are brought to perfection.” -St. John Eudes
We live in a world filled with so much division, hate, and anger. an evil permeates in our lives fueled by a desire to erase God from families, marriages, schools, and we go on as though nothing is wrong. We have become lukewarm, we want to remain in our ” comfort zone.” and Jesus is pushed aside families fall apart, marriages are destroyed, abortion is rampant, no one cares about the family. We stop praying and going to church because we think God doesn’t care. But it is our pride that has pushed Him aside.
“Every attack against the unity of faith is an attack against Christ Himself” ( Saint John Paul II)
What is the cause of the division? We have made ourselves God. This individualism weakness our souls because we see what we want to see. We fail to see the person that is in need sitting next to us. We refuse to listen to another’s point of view. We think we are right, division steps in. This individualism is the enemy of union. When we begin to live outside of God’s will, we say “Non-Servium,” I will not serve. In refusing to serve our fellow man, we say no to Jesus. This then is where our prayer life becomes obsolete and slowly grace diminishes in our soul. Now is the time to turn to the merciful heart of Jesus, and ask Him to teach us how to love the way He loved. We also must stand with the Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross, for the devil flees from the cross. Christ wants us to remain in union with the church, to help each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.