You might have mis-understood what I meant about being set apart,not divided on this earth into denominations,but set apart from the rudiments of this world,ALL believers are destined for Heaven,because we are set apart from the world.<quoted text>
I don't understand your reasoning, Dan. How can you deny the very writings that you claim as your sole authority? They profess one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism...one church...Christ's prayer to the Father that they may be...one...
It wasn't His church that broke from protestantism, it was protestants that broke from His church.*That* is the division of which you speak. Pride manifested itself in the reformation, protestantism the result. There's reform and there's reform. Reform for the good of the Church is one thing (see Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross). Reform for the satisfaction of one's ego is quite another (see Martin Luther, et al.)
I'd been meaning to read more about Dorothy Day and found this article about her by Jim Forest entitled "Dorothy Day - Saint and Troublemaker". Seemingly a woman of contradictions, the author relates this anecdote:
"Pleased as she was when home Masses were allowed and the Liturgy translated into English, she didnt take kindly to smudging the border between the sacred and mundane. When a priest close to the community used a coffee cup for a chalice at a Mass celebrated in the soup kitchen on First Street, she afterward took the cup, kissed it, and buried it in the back yard. It was no longer suited for coffee it had held the Blood of Christ. I learned more about the Eucharist that day than I had from any book or sermon. It was a learning experience for the priest as well thereafter he used a chalice."
As you can see, there really were no contradictions. She was a woman of single mind and purpose. She was a daughter of the Church (with more than a bit of St. Peter in her). I hope you print this little story out and keep it close to you, read it often.
The divisions here on earth do not surprise the Lord,He of course does not personally form every group,but by reason of obtaining the Spirit of Christ,each group is set apart unto the Lord,no longer lost in the worldliness,and seeking to follow Christ,not Man.
Dorothy Day is no different from the countless women we have in many Christian circles who give their best to the Lord,and work,labor,and love for Him.Hulda Buntain now in her 80s, was born in Canada,she met her husband as a young woman that was studying in a Bible college to become a Missionary.
She was filled with a desire to serve her Lord,and that is because she sought to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Her husband was a medical Doctor.She later decided to go through the education of medical nursing and joined her husband as he through their denomination waited for an assignment to the Mission field.
India was that country they went to and especially Calcutta.The two went with their luggage to India,and started first to feed the poor(soup Kitchen) and than as years went by,they built a hospital,and a medical school,and an orphanage,all in Calcutta,NEAR the largest Communist population in Calcutta.
Mother Teresa even went to their hospital to be treated,the sisters of her community also were helped there as well.The buntains helped the poor,but mostly gave many orphans a haven whereby they could study,and obtain degrees,and some became doctors, nurses and medical technicians.
I heard Hulda on two different occasions,once in England and here in my city in the church I attend.She is a spiritual giant as her faith in God was waxed strong in all that He has done in and through her and the husband over the span of 50+years.
I met Doctor Helen Rosevear in England.She along with a small group of missionaries blazed a trail through the Congo. Continued: