Synod for a Synodal Church
Pope Francis has opened a synod on journeying together as a Church and is asking for our participation: Catholics, those from other faith traditions, and those on the margins in our society. The Holy Father is asking us to invoke the Holy Spirit to guide the Church into deeper communion, deeper participation in life in Christ, and a deeper commitment to the Church’s evangelizing mission.
Corpus Christi plans to host some listening sessions where you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the topics of the Fundamental Question of the Synod:
A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? (PD, 26)
In responding to this question, we are invited to:
- Recall our experiences: What experiences of our local Church does this question call to mind?
- Re-read these experiences in greater depth: What joys did they bring? What difficulties and obstacles have they encountered? What wounds did they reveal? What insights have they elicited?
- Gather the fruits to share: Where in these experiences does the voice of the Holy Spirit resound? What is the Spirit asking of us? What are the points to be confirmed, the prospects for change, the steps to be taken? Where do we register a consensus? What paths are opening up for our local Church?