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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time

Saint John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005 Encyclical "Ut unum sint", 19 (trans. copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

Tuesday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time

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Saint John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005 Encyclical "Ut unum sint", 19 (trans. copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

       "Saints Cyril and Methodius, apostles of the Slavs"

Doctrine needs to be presented in a way that makes it understandable to those for whom God himself intends it. In my Encyclical Epistle “Slavorum Apostoli”, I recalled that this was the very reason why Saints Cyril and Methodius laboured to translate the ideas of the Bible and the concepts of Greek theology in the context of very different historical experiences and ways of thinking. 

They wanted the one word of God to be "made accessible in each civilization's own forms of expression". They recognized that they could not therefore "impose on the peoples assigned to their preaching either the undeniable superiority of the Greek language and Byzantine culture, or the customs and way of life of the more advanced society in which they had grown up". Thus they put into practice that "perfect communion in love which preserves the Church from all forms of particularism, ethnic exclusivism or racial prejudice, and from any nationalistic arrogance". 

As he lay dying, Cyril prayed: “Lord God, make your Church increase and gather all men together into unity. Make your chosen ones stand firm in the concord of true faith and of its rightful confession. Make your words penetrate their hearts that they may consecrate themselves to what is good and pleasing to you.”

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