LISTENING & SYNODALITY
I’ve been reading Rafael Luciani’s 2022 book Synodality: A New Way of Proceeding in the Church. One of his main themes is the importance of listening. The very first page of the Foreward refers to Pope Francis’s teaching that “the bishops are obliged to listen carefully to the people of God, just as the people of God are obliged to listen to the voice of the bishops.”
Luciani extends this idea in many chapters, noting how often hierarchical structures get in the way of listening, or make it one-sided.
If any of this reminds you of Fr. Steve’s homilies of late, it’s no coincidence. He gave me a copy of the book. And others in our parish have copies. (Study group, anyone?)
Recall what Fr. Steve preached on Pentecost, building on what Pope Francis has taught. The Spirit of God is active today. We should clear our minds; talk and listen to each other; choose to act; and go forth to do what the Spirit asks.
This is good guidance for everyone in our community. I think it’s especially helpful for Parish Council members, Finance Council members—indeed, all of our committees and groups. We improve our decision making when we listen well.
Speaking of groups, our ad hoc group looking into security systems has now listened to three companies; there’s one more to go. We’re learning important things from each company.
For example, we’ve been asked questions about our security plans apart from cameras. It’s important that we figure out what we want to do with regard to door access controls as well as cameras. It’s also important that we consider regular training for all staff and volunteers, when it comes to security and hospitality concerns.
Many thanks to the volunteers who’ve helped with this project: Bob Bejblik, Kathy Goldenstein, Tom Kegler, Mary Leibl, and Linda Sellars. If you’re interested in helping, please let me know.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!