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November 12th: St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr

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Gospel text (Jn 17,20-26): Jesus said, « May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me». Jesus said, «I pray not only for these but also for those who through their word will believe in me. May they all be one as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they be one in us; so the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the Glory you have given me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. Thus they shall reach perfection in unity and the world shall know that you have sent me and that I have loved them just as you loved me.

»Father, since you have given them to me, I want them to be with me where I am and see the Glory you gave me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world has not known you but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. As I revealed your Name to them, so will I continue to reveal it, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I also may be in them».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we remember that Jesus, in his priestly prayer, prayed for the unity of his followers. Who could have imagined that, despite the Lord's pleas, the desired unity would be so arduous and expensive? It cost St. Josaphat’s life! (It is protomartyr of the re-unification of Christianity).

—Saint Josaphat «began to devote himself to the restoration of unity, with such force and, at the same time, with such softness and such fruit, that his own adversaries called him "thief of souls"» (Pius XI).

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