S07 Episode 18: The Power of Christian Unity

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By Abiding Together, Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and Sister Miriam James Heidland. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

The Power of Christian Unity

In this episode we have the pleasure of chatting with our dear friend Matt Maher! As a devout Catholic in the world of Christian music industry, Matt shares his heart for unity and God’s desire that we would all be one. Matt also talks about his marriage and how he and his wife do life together as a Catholic and Methodist. We also discuss practical steps of how to be a bridge builder with people of other faiths and the gift of the sacraments.

Sister Miriam’s one thing - The litany The Magnificat with Mary from the Sisters of Life

Michelle’s one thing - The Sanctifier (Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK) by Archbishop Luis Martinez, and my husband Chris

Heather’s one thing - The podcast Restore the Glory from my husband Jake and Dr. Bob Schuchts, and the song Promises from Maverick City

Matt’s one thing - The Consecration to St. Joseph by Fr. Donald Calloway (Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK) and the Holy Family as a whole.

Additional Resources: Michelle also mentions the book retreat Under the Gaze of the Father by Archbishop Luis Martinez (Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK)

Discussion questions:

  1. What struck you from the podcast?
  2. What blessings and displays of God’s glory have you seen?
  3. What is a moment you’ve had of awareness of God’s presence?
  4. Do you experience a sense of entitlement when it comes to faith?
  5. How can you pray and work in your own life to build unity?

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect and journal about this scripture: John 17: 20-24. What does it speak to you personally?
  2. What is your reaction to this call for Christian unity?
  3. Are there relationships in your life that require reconciliation? How can you contribute to unity?
  4. Are you playing a role in Christ reconciling the Church, or how are you playing a role in the Church being more divided?

Quote to Ponder - “Christian unity was Christ's dearest desire. He expressed it in his last testament as he walked toward his tragic destiny: the Cross. He prayed in his priestly prayer ‘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.’” (John 17:21) - Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir (Cardinal’s Symposium - October 2003)

Scripture for Lectio Divina - John 17: 20-24

“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”

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