Archbishop John Dew blogs from the Synod on the New Evangelisation and the transmission of the Christian Faith in Rome.
Greetings again from Rome.
As of today, Wednesday 17th October, we have listened to about 250 formal interventions, to say nothing of the ‘free interventions’ which happen during the last hour of every day from 6pm to 7pm. After all these interventions Cardinal Wuerl of Washington DC was required to summarise all that has been said so far. This was a huge task as there had been so many things said and so many topics about the New Evangelisation introduced over the last 10 days.
Tomorrow we will go into the smaller language groups to continue reflecting on what has been said so far and to draw up proposition which will be voted on in the last days. All that has been said has, of course, been about proclaiming the Gospel and the fact that "The Word became flesh and lived among us," God became human in Jesus in order to lead us to God.
Every day I receive on my email a "word" from the www.gratefulness.org website, today's word was from Thomas a Kempis and said; "If your heart were sincere and upright every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine." That seemed to be very appropriate for all that we have been talking about over these days. The task of reflecting God to each other is our task, it belongs to all of us. It was said early in the Synod "Lord renew your Church, but let it begin with me." Maybe we can all think about seeing others as a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine, but above all remember that we too are a looking-glass and our life is a book of holy doctrine.'
With all good wishes and blessings,