At least two groups mentioned the book of Tobit, grossly underutilized in the Church’s presentation of the ideal of marriage.
English group D had an interesting back-and-forth on Lectio Divina:
Many customs of reading Scripture already exist in the various cultures of our English-speaking group. Some should be incorporated into the text. Several group members promoted Lectio Divina, even when read within an inter-faith context. Others thought the Lectio Divina process too complex for people of today.
I was looking for two things. A recognition of the need for support between and among married couples. I’ve been disappointed that a meme of family versus the world is perhaps too strong an undercurrent.
I’ve also been looking for at least a basic acknowledgement of baptism as the primordial sacrament of vocation. One cannot really expect priests and married persons to have a mature understanding of vocation unless they are firmly grounded in baptism and life as a disciple.
Starting with the vocation to discipleship satisfies many of the overall concerns about these two sacraments: personal maturity, self-indulgence, narcissism, and sacrifice.
What are you readers seeing in the synod so far?