So that the World may Believe

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Feast of Saint Augustine, Bishop, Doctor, based on John 17:14-23

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

  “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sr. Merete Ruud-Christensen OP

About Sr. Merete Ruud-Christensen OP

Sr. Merete is a Dominican Nun in the Monastery of Dax, France. She entered the monastery of Oslo in 1991, made solemn profession in 1997, and moved to Dax in 2000, with three years as prioress in Langeac in Auvergne along the way.

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