When Camille and I had Communion this morning the first thing I saw was the loving face of Mother Mary. I had no idea that today was the Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception! What a perfect day to Cross Over Into New Land - Its a land that is good, a land that is large, a land flowing with milk and honey! I hope you will join us in the coming year as we discover the wonders of Christian Unity and the treasures the Lord will be sharing with us all!
The First article from the Crossroads Initiative Dr. Italy shares about Mary as through the eyes of a "Non-Roman Catholic". This is a support statement in keeping with The Miracle of Unity (see The Order of the Ark Community at the end of this post.)
The Second Article is a magnificent message posted by Dr. Italy from a Sermon by *St. Anselm.
We bring but a morsel of bread and a small glass of wine to our table. It is offered to the Lord with Thanksgiving and Prayer. The Miracle is that our Table becomes His Table. The bread we offer transforms to become His Flesh which we eat. The wine we offer transforms the cup to become The Chalice of the New & Everlasting Covenant and its content is transformed from wine to become His Signature. It is in His Blood which we drink.
As we eat there is no veil, no middle wall of partition and no barrier of any kind to His presence.
He comes to us. Bathed, covered enveloped in His glorious presence as we simultaneously experience His presence inside
Isaiah prophesied His glory is upon you and seen upon you!
Paul declared, "It is Christ in you the hope of glory!"
He opens our eyes and then helps us to recognize Him - and we see Him as He is at that moment, for who He is to us at that moment and where He is at that moment. He comes to us as we are for who we are where we are at that same moment. It is so clear we can describe with words what we see, feel, sense and hear. Then when we drink from the Chalice of His Covenant with us we drink into ourselves His Blood. His blood is like a transfusion from heaven depositing His DNA so to speak. His life flows into our life. His love flows into our hearts and it speaks. He opens our ears to hear and we hear Him whisper. The Divine Breeze of the Holy Spirit brings reminders, remembrances, words and thoughts to us that have been given to Him by Jesus. We feed on the presence of the Lord. We feed on the Bread of Life, His Flesh that opens our eyes to see. We drink in the presence of the Lord. We drink the wine of His Blood into our body that opens our ears to hear. one crumb is a live coal from the embers of heaven. One sip is a river of life that flow into our hearts from beneath the throne of heaven.
* (For more information on St. Anselm, See http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01546a.htm)
Dear Friends and Companions,
We would like to share with you the meeting which was arranged by Bishop Tony Palmer to introduce the International House of Bishops of the CEEC, to which he belonged, to Pope Francis.
The video contains a discussion on behalf of Pope Francis about the Miracle of Unity and its importance to the Christian world. It is then followed by some remarks by Emiliana Palmer, the Co-Founder of the Ark Community, and Archbishop Robert Wise on how the Ark Community shall further Fr. +Tony Palmer’s call to Unify the Body of Christ.
In His Love,
The Ark Community
This link will take you to Miracle of Unity: Part I
“Our Fathers of the Faith, all died in faith, having seen the promises of God from afar, they confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a Homeland.”
We share in this silent cry, and await with anticipation for the visible return of our Lord to take us to our Homeland. We are merely pilgrims for a time!
Bob Bonnell Communion Pastor
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