Shop Now Login/Register View Quote View Cart
1.800.221.5175
Catechetical Programs
Christ In Us, Parish Edition Grades K - 6 View Details | Buy Now
Christ In Us, School Edition Grades K - 6 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe Catholic Identity, Parish Edition Grades K - 6 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe Catholic Identity, School Edition Grades K - 6 View Details | Buy Now
We Live Our Faith Catholic Identity Edition Grades 7 - 8 View Details | Buy Now
Our Catholic Faith Grades 4 - 6 View Details | Buy Now
One Faith, One Lord Grades 7 - Adult View Details | Buy Now
Discovering God Ages 3 - 5 View Details | Buy Now
God's Own Making Grades 4 - 8 View Details | Buy Now
Between You and Your Child Grades K - 8 View Details | Buy Now
Sacrament Programs
Core
Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Eucharist Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Confirmation Ages 12–15 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Confirmation Restored Order Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation and Eucharist Intermediate Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe and Celebrate Baptism View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
We Gather in Prayer Kit Grades K–Adult Buy Now
My Reconciliation and Prayer Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
My Mass Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe and Pray Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
Catechetical Bilingual
Creemos Identidad católica Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Vivimos nuestra fe Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Nuestra fe catolica Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
Una sola fe, un solo Señor Grades 7–Adult View Details | Buy Now
Entre usted y sus hijos Buy Now
Sacrament Bilingual
Core
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconciliación Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Eucaristía Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación Ages 12–15 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconciliación y Eucaristía - Intermedio Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación-Restauración del orden sacramental Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Creemos y celebramos Bautismo View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Mi libro de la Misa Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Lifelong Learning
Bibles
The Compass Bible for Catholic Teens Buy Now
My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Buy Now
La Biblia católica para jóvenes Buy Now
Adult Resources
Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known Buy Now
Becoming a Parish of Mercy Buy Now
The Wounded Body of Christ Buy Now
Missionary Discipleship Buy Now
Catechism
YOUCAT Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church Buy Now
Catechism of the Catholic Church Buy Now
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Buy Now
General Directory of Catechesis Buy Now
National Directory of Catechesis Buy Now
YOUCAT: Catecismo Joven de la Iglesia Católica Buy Now
The NEW Directory for Catechesis–Highlights and Summaries Buy Now
Directory For Catechesis (New Edition) Buy Now
Directory For Catechesis (Spanish New Edition) Buy Now
Prayer Books
YOUCAT: The Youth Prayer Book Buy Now
Parent's Guide to Prayer Buy Now
Prayerbook for Catechists Buy Now
Sagrada Biblia: Dios Habla Hoy Buy Now
sadlierReligion Hero-1.png

January 25, 2016 WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics Virtues & Values, REL Topic- Virtues/Values, REL Asset - Prayer Card, REL Catechetical - Adult

Catholic Virtues Series: Unity in Christ

"So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. John 17:21

There is a deep longing in this prayer of Jesus, one offered for his disciples as part of the Final Discourse in John’s Gospel. Signs of disunity, even among his closest followers, must have weighed heavily upon him as he moved towards the cross. As we continue to position ourselves along lines of division – by race, gender, politics, and religion, to name a few – you can almost hear a sigh emanating from the heavens. When will we get the message? This long-ago prayer for unity seems like a distant reality as we continue to duke out our differences in homes, churches, neighborhoods, and nations. Was Jesus engaged in pipe dreams?

Our faith tells us no. The quest for unity runs deep within the human spirit, implanted there by a God of infinite union. Being “one” is a defining mark of the Church. We give witness to this every time we gather for the great banquet of unity, the Eucharist. One of my favorite meditations is watching people as they walk down the aisle for Holy Communion. What a motley crew we make. This is reason for celebration. Unity, after all, does not mean sameness. Even so, none of our political leanings or personal preferences overshadows this one unifying action. We come forward in all of our diversity to one table, to partake of the one Body and Blood of Christ, to embrace the singlehearted call to oneness with God through his beloved Son.

Transformation was at the heart of Jesus’ teaching - that we would learn to see with new eyes and hear with new ears. It is a slow but steady movement towards oneness with Christ. Each time we make the journey back down the aisle after receiving communion, perhaps we’ll be a little less attached to our opinions and preferences and more open to one another. It’s a way of realizing what the Jesuit scientist and mystic, Teilhard de Chardin, described as moving towards the Omega point – the full realization of the energy of Christ’s love “…fusing all elements of creation [together] without losing their identity.”

 prayer-for-unity-in-christ-750px

Prayer for Unity in Christ Download Now

Bright Ideas

  • One way to promote unity in a parish is by drawing people of all ages together. Gather in My Name events celebrate the seasons of the year with intergenerational gatherings. Find resources for hosting one in your parish as well as prayers to share in your home.