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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dividing line

The other day, I quoted this statement from a 2008 papal homily:
I ask you, in the Lord Jesus, to set aside all division and to work with joy to prepare a way for him, in fidelity to his word and in constant conversion to his will.
This echos St. Paul's request to the Corinthians:
I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.
Jude too warns of divisions:
"In the last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires." These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit.
Yet not all who cause divisions are bad:
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
One thing all these kinds of division have in common is divisiveness. They don't merely define a partition among the people, they give rise to enmity and strife between the partitions.