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Fr. Bob at pulpit during Easter Vigil

The Gospel's Word on Loving One Another

The gospel's word on loving one another and being one with one another is just too plain to deny. “Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus tells his disciples. (John 13:34) “Make every effort to preserve the unity which has the Spirit as its origin and peace as its binding force,” St. Paul writes. (Ephesians 4:3)

“Unfortunately, because we're human, we offend one another. We fall out with our brothers and sisters. We are not in relationship very long with others before we need to be asking for their forgiveness. We have a regularly recurring need for reconciliation. It is important for us to know how to go about it.”

We must develop a heart for it. We must desire with real longing to maintain the unity the Lord wants us to have. This is not always easy. If someone has offended me, I may not feel much like getting it straightened out with him. It is a lot easier just to nurture a grudge. If we don't have the heart for it, we might try asking God to grant it. 

There is a lot of potential for effective reconciliation in a group of committed people like the Companions of the Cross. I can safely assume that all the brothers are of good heart, that they are sincere and as concerned about the kingdom of God as I am. 

It will require that I get practical about getting the necessary reconciliation underway. If I sense the need for it, rather than wait for my brother to do it, I should take the initiative myself. We'll have to set a time and place for us to meet, just the two of us. 

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