• Faith and Life,  Prayer,  Synod on Synodality

    A Synodal Prayer

    I composed a prayer with synodal intentions which I thought I might reproduce here. This prayer is especially for the ‘local Churches’ in whichever diocese and whatever area or place we find ourselves within the broader Church. All of the quotations within the text of the prayer are taken directly from the Final Synthesis Report of the first session of the Synod of Bishops. I hope you might find it useful.     Merciful Lord, thank You for the faith which acknowledges that this gift of the Synod is “a time of grace which encourages us” and which invites us to “a mode of being Church”.  Give us the hope,…

  • Church Life,  Events,  Faith and Life,  Synod on Synodality

    Cherish In Hope

    Last night I had the pleasure of watching a live webinar organised by Liturgical Press, which featured Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP as one of the featured speakers. The webinar was about the experience of the Synod on Synodality and what has come from it so far, and thoughts on where it might lead to. The final Synthesis Report of the Synod was released last Saturday night in Italian, although the English-language translation took several more days to appear. The general reception to the Reports seems to have been broadly cool – for some, perhaps because it did not go far enough in what it offered or suggested; and for others,…

  • Church Life,  Events,  Synod on Synodality

    The Moment of Truth

    The Synod is drawing its final breaths before the formal close of the first Session, with a further Session due to take place one year from now. Already, the final opinions on what has taken place – and on where (if anywhere) it might lead – are beginning to come in. From the outset, many voices involved most closely in the Synod said clearly that this first Session was really about listening – about learning to listen and to reflect on what has been listened to, and to learn something from it. Listening was the keyword. As time went on, various commentators reminded us – because it seemed that we…

  • Church Life,  Events,  Synod on Synodality

    Gathered As Church

    A couple of evenings ago, our diocese held a Synod event at Carfin Grotto. The weather wasn’t the best as there were various weather warnings in place thanks to Storm Babet. And this almost certainly reduced the numbers of people who were present that evening from across the diocese. Alongside this, there were anecdotes of some parishes not having been told anything about the synodal event taking place; and at least one parish – whose priest is perceived as being not in favour of the Synod taking place – was said to have arranged a service at the same time that evening, seemingly as a counterpoint to what was taking…

  • Church Life,  Events,  Synod on Synodality

    Synod – Week 3

    Some of the information about the Synod comes from the presentations broadcast at the start of the general congregations; but the most revealing information comes from the press briefings given several times each week. This week, these have been very revealing. Speaking at one such briefing, Professor Viral Tirimanna said something very interesting. He said he is more and more optimistic about the synodal process – “I am seeing how synodality is lived; it happens when you do it.” He felt this was due very much to “the atmosphere of prayer, heavily complemented by the spiritual conversations – we see how the synodal process or way of living, is already…