Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Trouble with the Synod is . . .

. . .  too many eyes to see, too many ears to hear, too many mouths speaking.  Enough already.  Do we laity really need to know everything that is being said?  The Age of Social Media is giving the average Joe too much access to everything.

Trust me, I read much of what was written about the synod the first few days.  It made me angry to think dissident voices were even being given a voice.  I felt like Catholics, faithful to Church teaching, were being misrepresented and hung out to dry.  I've had to defend several of these particular Church teachings on many occasions, even to people close to me and whom I love dearly.  It's not fun or easy to be the one voice in the crowd.  What I was seeing coming out of Rome made me feel defeated and deserted.

Well, no more.  It's not over.  No Doctrine has changed, nor will change.  Our Bishops need our prayers for guidance and clarity.  We don't need to see, hear, or speak until it is over.  Until the final document is published and released I'll be keeping one eye closed, one ear plugged, and two hands over my mouth!

God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant bishops to be shepherds of your flock. Give them a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to their care, may they build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world.  Amen.

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