Thursday, July 25, 2002

"the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace."

Renew your wonders in our time, O Divine Spirit, as though with another Pentecost, and grant that your holy Church, by uniting in single-hearted and mounting prayer, together with Mary the mother of Jesus, and the shepherding St. Peter, may intensify the reign of the Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. ------Bl. John XXIII

Bl. John XXIII wrote this prayer for the entire Church to pray for the success of the ecumenical council (and I remember it from my childhood), but we very obviously need "the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace" so why not keep on praying for it, even now that the council's been over for thirty-some years?

If we had truly let the Divine Savior reign, would there be a "Situation" to drive us mad? Could we be "scandalized" by the ordinary embarrassments of life if truth, justice, love, and peace truly ruled in our lives? I believe not. The Accuser of the Brethren has no power over us if we together are single-hearted, if we refuse to accuse any but ourselves, if we refuse to play his foul and destructive and divisive game.

We are one people, one Church, one body in Christ. We are gathered to pray with one heart, waiting for the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, to come. Come, fill our hearts, keep us one.
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