The four Synod Questions that will inform and inspire our project of listening over the coming months are as follows:
- Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope, and joy?
- When you reflect on your life now, and as you look to the future, what causes you concern or worry?
- What is the purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today?
- Having reflected on these things, what are the topics you would like to see on the agenda of Synod 2020?
These questions begin from the truth that God speaks to us in our everyday lives and, as we reflect on our lives, we encounter Christ (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 8). We are then invited to think about what the Catholic Church is for. This will allow the Spirit of God to open our hearts so that, finally, we can reflect on the questions, issues and topics about which our Synod should make recommendations. We are all invited to reflect on and respond to these four Synod Questions. Listening will be done through an online survey, focus groups facilitated by Fr Peter McGrail at Liverpool Hope University and by Synod Members in our local communities. It is through this great project of listening that we will begin to discern the Church God is calling us to be.
“I never tire of repeating those words of Benedict XVI which take us to the very heart of the Gospel: “Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which
gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”. Thanks solely to this encounter – or renewed encounter – with God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and selfabsorption.
We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being. Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts
at evangelization. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?” (Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium 8).
Dairy Dates for Synod Members: The Listening and Discernment Preparation Meeting for Isle of Man Synod Members will be held in St Anthony’s Hall, Onchan on Saturday 9th March from 10.00am to 1.30pm. The IOM Pastoral Area Meeting for Synod Members will be held on Sunday May 12th from 2.00pm to 3.30pm in St Anthony’s Hall, Onchan.
For up to date information on Synod 2020 please visit https://www.synod2020.co.uk/