And this afternoon, while re-reading Thomas Merton's Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, I came across this beautiful paragraph on the relationship between ecclesial unity and the unity that must exist within ourselves.
If I can unite in myself the thought and the devotion of Eastern and Western Christendom, the Greek and the Latin Fathers, the Russians with the Spanish mystics, I can prepare in myself the reunion of divided Christians. From that secret and unspoken unity in myself can eventually come a visible and manifest unity of all Christians. If we want to bring together what is divided, we can not do so by imposing one division upon the other or absorbing one division into the other. But if we do this, the union is not Christian. It is political, and doomed to further conflict. We must contain divided worlds in ourselves and transcend them in Christ.