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The true meaning of ecumenism

Fourth Sunday in Easter

Deacon Robert Banet

What is this business about ecumenism anyway?

Well Charlie it’s like this: it seems that folks have different ideas about it.

Different ideas?

Yes, they say it’s like let’s all get along and forget about our differences.

Well that sounds like a pretty good idea. Don’t you think so?

Yes, up to a point.

I don’t understand your hesitation.

Well Vatican II as I understand it, used the prayer that Jesus prayed.

Oh?

Yes, Jesus prayed to the Father that all may be one.

Go on.

That all Christians be one and come back to the Catholic Church.

Wow! That’s a pretty big order, very different from the other meaning.

I pray with Jesus that all of us will one day be one in our love of the Lord: one faith, one body, one beautiful song singing praise to God!

That’s a great thought.

Thanks for giving me this understanding of ecumenism.

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