January 13, 2020

They Showed Us Unusual Kindness

by Mary Sellars Malloy

Background

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated from January 18 through January 25. Established in 1908, the dates were chosen so that the week concludes with the celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. The Week of Prayer is eight days long—an octave—which always designates a very special time of prayer and celebration in the life of the Church.

This year, the Week of Prayer theme was selected and resources were created by the Council of Churches in Malta. It chose as the theme, “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2). This Scripture verse is part of the larger New Testament story of the shipwreck of Saint Paul and his companions (see Acts 27:18— 28:10).  Read more