Pope Francis wants to hear from the whole Church about what is happening in local parishes. He and the bishops would like to know what individuals think we should all be doing to help make our parishes better. The way he has proposed doing this is a synodal process. Synod means “journeying together” and it involves listening to the Holy Spirit and to each other to discern the path we are called to walk together.
The synod “is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.”
Being a Synodal Church – Three Key Themes
The practice of living as a synodal Church means:
- The conversations lead to conversion to Christ and commitment to active participation in the mission given by Christ — Communion
- The people of God talk with one another and listen to one another about questions that matter — Participation
- The communion exists for a common purpose; mission flows naturally from the experience of communion — Mission