Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 3, What Saints Peter and Paul Shared

Peter and Paul were not just two individuals with their own personalities. They represent two visions within much broader horizons. 

Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome is a curious paragraph. Peter and Paul are inevitably linked in the Roman tradition: they share an important observance on June 29th each year. Each also has his own separate and prominent associations in the liturgical calendar: one with a chair and the other with a conversion. 

But they had a commonality: the impulse of the Holy Spirit.

They were capable of reassessing things in the light of events, witnesses of an impulse that led them to stop and think – that is another expression we should remember: to stop and think.

To pause, and to ponder: this is an important impulse in a synod. The upcoming meetings in our dioceses and in the universal Church are an opportunity to stop. Period. Then what’s next? What Peter and Paul shared:

An impulse that drove them to be daring, to question, to change their minds, to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, but above all to hope in spite of every difficulty. They were disciples of the Holy Spirit, who showed them the geography of salvation, opening doors and windows, breaking down walls, shattering chains and opening frontiers. This may mean setting out, changing course, leaving behind certain ideas that hold us back and prevent us from setting out and walking together.

It seems clear many things are not working in the Church. One can use causation or correlation, as one prefers, to lay blame to nurse one’s pet theories. Better I think is to stop and think. Maybe even listen more than think.

From here forward, I’m going to take Pope Francis a bit more slowly. One paragraph at a time for awhile, especially as we get into the meat of his address. Meanwhile, thoughts?

This speech is copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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