For quite some time now, I have been getting my books through the Christian Book Depot in Montreal's West Island. It is operated by two of the most spirited faith filled individuals I have ever met. The beauty is that they wear their faith on their sleeve and are not afraid to evangelize it publicily. (I can recall Daniel Ali saying that he wished Catholics would be more easily identifiable and less 'private.') In truth, these individuals through their prayer and support have reaffirmed me in my walk with Christ, by the constant witness evident in their own lives. My heart is one with them as well as we both share the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The question remains, however what keeps us separated? Aside from the obvious answer that arose out of the sixteenth century with Luther,.I would have to say slight indifferentism as well as a lack of understanding the proper ecclessiology. The faith they share, understands the Church as purely an invisible gathering of believers who have had a secondary conversion. That being said, there are true Christians in every denomination, Baptist, Catholic, Presbytarian,..so on. While this is true, the Catholic would argue that the fullness of Salvation can only come from the Catholic Church. So while every Christian group shares the scriptures, a moral code, Sacrements/ordinances,..all these 'things' properly belong to the Catholic Church.
I pray for my friends everyday. While their living testimony and love of Sacred Scriptures is beautiful, there is nothing like encountering Jesus's Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist! Unfortunately, misconceptions, (Mary, the Pope...) still exist, the main thing we as Catholics can do is start living our faith! That would be the best witness of all!
Sacred Heart of Jesus,..Have mercy on us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary,..pray for us!