Monthly Archives: January 2012

Moltmann on the filioque

…the far-reaching decision on favor of the filioque. This has meant that the Holy Spirit has come to be understood solely as ‘the Spirit of Christ’, and not at the same time as ‘the Spirit of th Father’. As the … Continue reading

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“This is exactly what you requested of the LORD…”

I keep thinking about this part of the first reading from Mass this weekend (Dt 18:15-20 in both Roman Catholic and Revised Common lectionaries): Moses spoke to all the people, saying: “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, … Continue reading

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What would the Pope do in a reunited church?

In another example of “ecumenical dialogues that I never heard about”, the North American Catholic-Orthodox Consultation put out a document in October 2010 that explores some possible answers to this question. Steps Towards A Reunited Church: A Sketch Of An … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day Eight

Today is the feast of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, and the final day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. I’ll begin with the text of the Hymn of International Ecumenical Fellowship (author unknown). You can find … Continue reading

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Who Proceeds from the Father… and the Son?

In reading further in Congar Vol 1 on the development of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, I found myself becoming distressed at the focus on the Western understanding that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day Seven

Today‚Äôs excerpt from the WCC resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will again be abbreviated, and I will share my own reflections on the gospel passage prior to the WCC prayer and questions for reflection. Day Seven: … Continue reading

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A Church Musician’s Litany of Saints

After writing about St. Ephraim last night, I got to thinking about how frustrating I find it that the official patron saint of music is St. Cecilia. According to the legends, Cecilia had vowed her virginity to God, like so … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day Six

Continuing to share the WCC reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. For All the Saints is also doing a very nice observance of this week based on an ecumenical prayer cycle that lifts up a different Christian … Continue reading

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“The Harp of the Holy Spirit”

Hey, how come I’ve never heard of this guy before? St. Ephraim the Syrian, or Ephraim of Edessa, was mentioned by Congar as an important Eastern theologian who was known as “the Harp of the Holy Spirit.” He lived in … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day Five

Today’s excerpt from the WCC resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be abbreviated, and I will add some of my own thoughts in response to the questions for reflection. Day Five: Changed by the peace of … Continue reading

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