March 3, 2022
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Interesting day, yesterday. Internet was down most of the day (why does it take so long for them to get it back up and running? Another mystery, I suppose). Then there was Stations of the Cross and after that, Ash Wednesday Mass. In between, people in the house for various reasons and the hubby not feeling well and so … but we’re back now and moving forward.
“10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Perfectly joined together. That was the purpose of the Ecumenical Councils. ” The idea of an ecumenical council is that it is a gathering of leaders of the whole church (oikoumene – inhabited world or household in Greek) to determine doctrine and/or practical matters.” (lifepacific.libguides.com)
The Councils are why we are able to say, “we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” (Vincent Le’rins [d 445], monk and author of Christian writings). It is what is meant by (small ‘c’) catholic – universal; believed everywhere, always, by all. It is because of the Coucil of Nicaea that we are able to profess, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, make of heaven and earth … ” It is because of these staunch men of deep faith that even to this day, we practice and believe ‘the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.’ (Jude 1:3)