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May the Holy Trinity make Christians grow in unity | Catholic National Register

Pope Francis’ homily stated that the Holy Spirit desires to restore unity and inspires “gratuity, to love even those who do not love us back”.

VATICAN CITY – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ended on Monday with Vespers at the tomb of Saint Paul.

Pope Francis was unable to attend evening prayer on January 25 at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica due to a resurgence of sciatic nerve pain, but the homily prepared by the Pope for the occasion was read by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

“Dear brothers and sisters, may we remain united in Christ. May the Holy Spirit, poured out in our hearts, make us feel like children of the Father, brothers and sisters to each other, brothers and sisters in our only human family. May the Holy Trinity, communion of love, make us grow in unity ”, declared Cardinal Koch.

On the feast of Saint Paul’s conversion, the cardinal venerated the relics of Saint Paul alongside the Vicar Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Italy, Atanasie Rusnac, and the Anglican Archbishop Ian Ernest, Director of the Anglican Center in Rome .

The Church devotes a week each January to prayer for unity among all Christians. The theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was “Remain in my love and you will bear much fruit”.

In his prepared homily, the Pope wrote that “we can only grow and bear fruit if we remain united to Jesus”.

“In today’s complex and fast-paced world, it’s easy to lose our compass, drawn as we are on all sides. Many people feel internally fragmented, unable to find a fixed point, a stable base, in the midst of life’s changes. Jesus tells us that the secret of stability is to abide in him, ”Cardinal Koch read.

“Jesus also showed us how to abide in him. He left us his own example: every day he retired to pray in deserted places. We need prayer, like we need water, to live. Personal prayer, time spent with Jesus, adoration, are essential to remain in him. In this way, we can place our worries, our hopes and our fears, our joys and our sorrows in the heart of the Lord. Above all, centered on Jesus in prayer, we can experience his love.

Pope Francis’ homily stated that the Holy Spirit desires to restore unity and inspires “gratuity, to love even those who do not love us back”.

He writes: “The Spirit blows where he wants, and everywhere he wants to restore unity. He prompts us to love not only those who love us and think like us, but to love everyone, as Jesus taught us.

“It allows us to forgive our enemies and the wrongs we have suffered. It inspires us to be active and creative in love. He reminds us that our neighbors are not only those who share our own values ​​and ideas, and that we are called to be neighbors of all, good Samaritans of a frail, poor and, in our time, so suffering humanity. “

Pope Francis called on all Christians to pray for “the gift of unity” during his general live audience last Wednesday.

“In this time of great trial, this prayer is even more necessary for unity to prevail over conflicts. It is urgent that we put aside preferences to promote the common good, and our good example is therefore fundamental: it is essential that Christians continue the path towards full visible unity, ”the Pope said on January 20.

“The world will not believe because we will have convinced it with good arguments, but because we will have witnessed this love which unites us and brings us closer to all”, he declared.