A Change of Pace Toward Common Christian Community

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have spent some time away from The Latin Community in an attempt to revive a once robust community of Christians. The summer I spent a long time posting on the Church Fathers to give material to this community so that it might thrive once more. A longtime contributor recently left, which left me as the only, or very few, left to manage. However, after reviewing the sites stats last night, it appears the site has been in decline since 2013, never reaching to that glorious year. In an attempt to change things up, I decided to begin a podcast, but I have a feeling it is more than a long shot so I will focus that particular medium here on this site.

What is ‘Communio’? It’s Latin for Community. So, here where The Latin Community once stood, it is simply community.

St. John Paul II wrote of community in his spiritual diaries, “Koinonia, the community, is the third principal dimension of Christian existence, it begins with Jesus Christ, who Himself constitutes a ‘communion’. First and Foremost, He alone is the unity of God and man, having in Himself full grace, that is, full power to reconcile man with God. For in Him God gives Himself to man, both in personal and the communal manner. In this sense, Christ is the ‘communion’–He alone is the communion…For man is a social creature and lives in society; he also forms different communities–nevertheless, human societies and communities lack the depth of truth and love that characterize the reality of divine ‘Communio.’

Whenever I think of Christian community, I cannot help but think of Christ’ priestly prayer for Christian unity.

20 “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 ¶ that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006), Jn 17:20–21.

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