10 March 2020

Heal the Schisms

By now you know that a thing very near to my heart is the healing of the schism between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.  I long for this.  In morning prayers, during the intercessions, there is this:
And first of all remember Your Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church which You have purchased with Your precious blood.  Confirm and strengthen it, enlarge and multiply it, keep it in peace, and preserve it unconquerable by the gates of hell forever.  Heal the schisms of the churches, quench the ragings of the heathen, speedily undo and root out the power of growths and heresies, and bring them to naught by the power of Your Holy Spirit.
We pray this daily.  Why is this not happening?  Why are the men in the hierarchy unable to let go of their own determination to be "right" and their own egos, which are clouding the issue?  I am convinced that the humans and their egos are preventing this healing.

I actually heard an Orthodox priest say that one of the reasons Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism could not unify is because the Orthodox priests wear beards and the Catholic priests do not.  Seriously?  What kind of ridiculous argument is that?  How small is a God who worries about a detail like that?  My God is the Creator of the ever-expanding universe.  I don't think He is worried about facial hair.

If we believe the same essentials of the faith -- the Nicene Creed -- what is stopping us from uniting?  And don't talk to me about the filoque.  It is arrogant to think that one side or the other knows so much about the Unknowable God that they can determine the origin of the Holy Spirit.  For goodness' sake!  What are people thinking?

Let's all pray for humans to get out of the way and for the Church to unify.  We need this now more than ever.

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