Just recently, St. John Vianney had the opportunity to participate in a seminar. Hosted by Regis University, “The Common Way in Christ,” allowed speakers to share the common areas that can be appreciated between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.
Honoring the Saints
Honorable Dennis Gallagher began the morning by highlighting, Our Common History in the Saints. The professor reflected on the beauty of the miracles-workers throughout the ages. Specifically, unity can come when faithful of each community are able to appreciate the holy examples in the other Churches. In doing so, we are able to appreciate and name the gifts of the Spirit that are alive and active.
Clinging to Jesus’ Passion
His Beatitude, +Archbishop Alexander of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, continued by reflecting on Our Common Way in the Passion of Christ. As committed Christians, we cling to the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ in order to be ambassadors of hope. May the sufferings of Christ be the strength needed for a world weighed by selfishness and greed.
Our own +Archbishop Aquila spoke on Our Common Path to Holiness in the Sacraments. That as we turn to Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist, and recognize his desire that we be one, our fraternal bonds between the two Churches will grow. We must remain united to our Blessed Lord in his gift of the Eucharist, and the other sacraments, in order to allow the Holy Spirit to again unite our communities.
Veneration of Relics
Dr. John Jackson of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado concluded our morning by examining Our Common Jesus in Evidential Science. Catholics and Orthodox alike have the rich gift of relics that go back to the time of Christ. May these sacred objects, especially the Shroud of Turin, be sources of awe and devotion that will continue to fan in the common flame of faith between the Churches.
To conclude, Jesus Christ desired that we all may be one. May these opportunities for dialogue and fraternal charity bring about the reunification of the Churches and the greater glory of God the Father!