Octave of Christian Unity TOC Annotated

This is a series of posts written for the Octave of Christian Unity and will coincide with it, running from January 18 through January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

Day 1: Octave of Christian Unity. “Christ founded one Church.” Of the four marks of the Church, unity is the first. All four marks (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic) are necessary but this octave is about unity and the one Church.

Day 2: Vine and branch. “Union with Christ is the foundation for unity among the faithful.” He is the Vine and we are the branches. He gives us Life, we don’t give it to ourselves or to each other. Life comes from God.

Day 3: Deposit of Faith. “Ecumenical dialogue needs to be based on a sincere love for divine truth.” Fidelity to Revelation. We have to hand on the truth with charity but that charity must not lead us to water down the truths of the faith.

Day 4: Foundation. In this post for Day 4 of the Octave of Christian Unity we take a look at the papacy that Christ founded, on St. Peter, the Rock on which Jesus founded His Church.

Day 5: A Rosary Thread. Day 5 in the Octave of Christian Unity. I’m going to try something different tonight. I’ve embedded the Live Twitter Rosary Thread for Friday, January 22, 2021, devoted to Christian Unity and ending the culture of death, in this post. I included some quotes from Pope St. John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life, in the opening preparatory tweets.

Day 6: Covenant and Priesthood. Keywords today are: People of God, laity and priests, and covenant. And perhaps a better translation of People of God would be Family of God.

Day 7: Mary, the Mother of Unity. In this post for Day 7 of the Octave of Christian Unity we take a look at the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Annunciation and her fiat, and her role in the Church and in our salvation.

Day 8: Conversion. With the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul we’ve come to the end of the Octave of Christian Unity. We’ll look at the meaning of Paul’s conversion, and the names of St. Paul. A video by Scott Hahn is included as are some links to help you learn about the very Catholic Paul. Thanks for joining me for this series. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Image in the banner above: The Last Supper, by Philippe de Champaigne.. From Wikimedia Commons. Public domain. At the end: The Apostle Paul, by Rembrandt, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

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