May 22.  Day 7: Growing in unity: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5a)  Each tradition seeks to lead us to the heart of our faith; communion with God, through Christ, in the Spirit. The more we live this communion the more we are connected to other Christians and to all of humanity.

Laudato Si’ 228.   Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity of living together and communion.  Jesus reminded us that we have God as our common Father and this makes us brothers and sisters.   Fraternal love can only be gratuitous; it can never be a means of repaying others.   That is why it is possible to love our enemies.  Gratuitousness inspires us to love and accept the wind, the sun and the clouds even though we cannot control them.   In this sense we can speak of a universal fraternity.                                                                                                                                                     

Christian Unity Prayer.  Day 7.   Holy Spirit, vivifying fire and gentle breath, come and abide in us. Renew in us the passion for unity so that we may live in awareness of the bond that unites us in you. May all who have put on Christ at their Baptism unite and bear witness together to the hope that sustains them.