Peanut Gallery: Ignatius of Antioch – Timely post as Syria implodes and Christians find themselves in great danger.
All of you must become a unity. Let there be no divisions in your hearts. When I was among you I cried at the top of my voice, with the very voice of God: “Be united with the bishop, the priests and the deacons.”
Some people thought I cried like this because I foresaw a schism. He for whose sake I am in chains is my witness that I did not speak in that way because anyone had given me such a warning. I had simply been listening to the Spirit proclaiming:
“Do nothing without the bishop! Keep your body as a temple of God! Love unity, avoid factions! Be imitators of Jesus Christ, as Jesus Christ is of the Father! [cf. 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 11:1]
With such an aim I have done all I could, as one destined to the service of unity. God does not dwell where…
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