November 5, 2021
Dear Companions on the Journey,
Last Sunday, I preached about the most important “two and one-half commandments.” I suggested that the first “half-commandment” derives from the Jewish prayer from Deuteronomy, “Hear, O Israel.” That is, we begin our day, our week, by listening, then we may have something to say.
In that spirit, then, some theologians assert that the most radical direction Pope Francis is taking is to address that commandment to the Church itself. So he has set in motion a process called “synodality.” In short, “synodality” recognizes that the Universal Cathoic Church has many experiences of being followers of Jesus. What may work in Kerala, India, may not be suitable to Manila; what American Catholics take for granted may be totally inappropriate in Central Africa. In order to pay attention to this cultural diversity, Pope Francis is setting the Church on a three-year journey, beginning with listening. Church leadership wants to hear your voice, your experience. With three questions — how can the local Church (in your case, the Paulist Center Community) listen better? How can the diocesan Church listen better? How can the Church universal listen better? This week we are beginning the process in Boston. Go here to learn more about “synodality” and go here to speak your truth by filling out the form for your voice.
There is more to come, but this is how we are beginning.
What do you think?
Along with Patty, Chuck, Susan, Norm, John, Dorothy, Barbara, Rob, Alvaro, and Sal. Please feel free to call upon your Pastoral Ministers if you wish.