Jesus prayed for his followers: “Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one” (Jn.17:11). When we pray for Christian Unity, we know that what we desire is what Christ desires.
Alongside such prayer for unity, it can help to reflect on our underlying attitudes. Some questions: When we think of the “Church”, do we only mean the Roman Catholic Church or have we in mind the World Church comprising all who recognise Jesus as Lord? When in Ireland we speak of the renewal of the Church, do we simply mean the Roman Catholic Church or include all Christian bodies on this island? Is our attitude exclusive or inclusive?
- Fr Brian O’Leary SJ, extracted from Living Prayer