The Word Among Us

January 2022 Issue

An Exchange of Gifts

The Blessing of Ecumenical Friendship

By: Susan Heuver

An Exchange of Gifts: The Blessing of Ecumenical Friendship by Susan Heuver

Children born into the same family can display quite different personalities from one another. One might be outgoing; another might thrive in solitude. Still another might intuitively notice when other people are hurting. Although raised by the same parents, they each contribute distinct gifts and add to the richness of the family.

St. Paul describes a similar dynamic within the family of God, the body of Christ: “Now the body is not a single part, but many. If a foot...


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