A Humble Plea For Unity
A Challenge for the Sake of Unity and the Good of All Souls
“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; then he may plunder his house.” (Mark 3:24-27)
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as the body of Christ we are divided. We have been bound and our house is being plundered, with the intent to burn it down. If there is one area where evil (whose fall was caused by pride) puts all of us Christians to shame, it is in the area of unity. Whether it be government, education, entertainment, media, big business, big tech, or even within the Church itself, evil has unified to gain a controlling foothold in all areas and is systematically working to destroy any semblance of the Christian Faith in the world. Sadly, evil has been very successful at creating division in every area possible - first and foremost, within the body of believers. The divisions that exist within the body of Christ undermine our ability to be credible witnesses of truth to the world. It is going to take numbers all working together in one accord to successfully push back against and defeat our united enemy.
As daily we watch Satan’s kingdom grow in unity and purpose, while the
kingdom of God atrophies and fades, it is vital that we face and address the division that has helped to birth, embolden, and empower the evil that is currently working to erase all of Christianity. It is time to take serious Christ’s plea: “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given to me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:20-23), and the apostle Paul’s plea: “I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1 Cor. 10) And, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:4-6)
How it must grieve our Father's heart to see the confusion and division between His children! How it must grieve the heart of our Lord Jesus who gave himself up for us, and who continues to pour himself out completely in a desire to be fully united with us! How it must grieve the Holy Spirit who works ceaselessly trying to unite, inspire, and lead us to our Father through his Son!
To all of our separated brothers and sisters in Christ, to all of our fallen away Catholic brothers and sisters, and to anyone else who might be open to the fullness of Truth, we would like to reiterate Paul's appeal for unity, and in all sincerity, and humility extend an opportunity for you to learn about the Catholic Faith. To genuinely understand what we believe and most importantly, WHY we believe it. The venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. But there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” There are three ways in which we encourage you to start: first, utilize “Catholic Answers" online for any and all questions you may have; second, get yourself a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and take the time to read through it; and lastly, access the writings of the early Church Fathers, written in a time when the Church was one, and use their conclusions and their counsels to better understand the beliefs and consensus they had of the one Faith that they practiced. We have included links below for Catholic Answers and a transcript of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Our desire and prayer is that you will accept our challenge to open your heart and mind to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to break down the walls that divide us. We pray that you will allow him to stir the embers of faith and ignite a fire in your soul for truth, a fire that will bring about a new Pentecost in Christ's Church. It is time, brothers and sisters, that we come together. It is time to be united in one heart, one mind, one voice, and one spirit in union with Christ, that we may receive the fullness of grace that He desires to pour out upon us, the Body of Christ, so that we can best propagate that grace for the good of every soul - to work together to build the kingdom of God here on earth!
May God bless you!