“God is not found in neat and orderly places, distant from reality, but walks ever at our side. He meets us where we are, on the often rocky roads of life.”
Monday, 18 October 2021
This was the opening reflection Pope Francis offered at Saint Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, 10 October 2021. The pope was preaching at a Mass to mark the opening of the 16th Synod of Bishops, convened to reflect on the theme: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.”
Yesterday, in dioceses and parishes the world over, Masses and prayer services were held to start the process for the synod at a local level. (If you haven’t heard about the synod yet, I encourage you to visit the Synod website, and then call your parish priest to find out how you can be heard in Rome.)
In our daily reflections this week, we will unpack various aspects relating to the synod: its objectives, themes, principles to keep in mind, the process and the goals the pope has for this two-year process of listening and dialogue across the universal church. This process could also serve as a model we can apply beyond the church to our civic lives.
What steps does the Holy Spirit invite me to take so that we can journey together as a church during this synod?