This morning, as we do every morning the seminary body gathered for Office of Readings and Morning Prayer. These prayers are part of the Liturgy of the Hours, which serves as the prayer of the church.

The Office of Readings contains two readings every day. Typically the first is from scripture and the second is from the writings of the saints.

This morning’s second reading was a from a letter to the Ephesians from St. Ignatius of Antioch. The following is a passage from that reading that struck me in a very profound manner. I hope that you too may find some meaning and inspiration in the quote.

“None of this will escape you if you have perfect faith and love toward Jesus Christ. These are the beginning and the end of life: faith the beginning, love the end. When these two are found together, there is God and everything else concerning right living follows from them.”

Please pray for the whole church that she as a whole may grow in that perfect faith and love toward Jesus Christ.

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