A bit more on what I said yesterday about reflecting on the church in this transitional period.

Obviously, the main means of participating in another church’s process of discernment is prayer. It may seem odd to speak of the prayer of Orthodox Christians as “participation” in the discernment leading to the election of a new Pope. However, our koinonia (however incomplete due to our sin) in the Spirit makes it possible. Not only possible, but necessary as an expression of love in Christ.

Second, this period of waiting (especially emphasized as it is by its taking place during Great Lent) ought to move us Orthodox to deep reflection on the church, our common life, our mission, where we fail to embody in our ecclesial structures the fullness of God’s love and the giftedness of all who are baptized into Christ.

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