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692 Walking Together with Jesus: A New Way of Being Church. Hearts of Fire

Day 692 Sunday, February 6, 2022

Walking Together with Jesus: A New Way of Being Church

May we exclaim with the disciples on the Emmaus Road, “were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”


Our community of the Carmelites in Baltimore introduced the synod during our 2021 Advent liturgies and we are excited about this next phase of the journey. We invite you to invite your family and friends, especially those who have felt marginalized or excluded from the Church in any way, to join us for 5 listening sessions where we will listen deeply to the Holy Spirit speaking through one another and through the community, the Church – the People of God – as a whole. All the baptized are needed in this important process of journeying together.



In these sessions we will be listening with open hearts and minds, hoping for the inner transformation that will ultimately make a difference in the life of the Church and the world.


We recognize that in introducing us to this 3-year period of Synodality, Pope Francis is calling us to a new way of being Church, of walking and listening together.






May we exclaim with the disciples on the Emmaus Road, “were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”


We will be incorporating these listening sessions into our existing Lectio Divina prayer format and have invited 5 theologians to reflect on the Sunday Gospel text through the lens of Synodality and to share their hopes and dreams for the Church.


After their input, we will gather in small groups to listen deeply to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us as we each share our hopes and dreams for the Church and lean into the new that is beginning to emerge from each small group.


We encourage your full participation in each session. While it isn’t necessary to be an expert in Synodality in order to participate, we’ve provided the resources below as reference materials to help orient you to this important process in the life of the Church (see resource links below)


At the conclusion of these 5 listening sessions we will compile feedback to submit to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


We join Pope Francis in wanting to hear from you. All are welcome, please click on the links below to register for each session you plan on attending:


Session 1 – February 12, 2022 – 2 pm ET – Text: Luke 6:17, 20-26 – Commentary by Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM


Session 2 – February 26, 2022 – 2 pm ET – Text: Luke 6:39-45 – Commentary by Teresa Maya, CCVI


Session 3 – March 12, 2022 – 2 pm ET – Text: Luke 9:28b-36 – Commentary by Maria Cimperman, RSCJ


Session 4 – March 26, 2022 – 2 pm ET – Text: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 – Commentary by Dr. M Shawn Copeland


Session 5 – April 2, 2022 – 2 pm ET – Text: John 8:1-11 – Commentary by Sarah Kohles, OSF


Resources (each is a link):

Archdiocese of Baltimore on Synodality

Barbara Reid, OP on Synodality

Key Words for the Synodal Process

A Synod for the World – Jenny Sinclair – The Tablet

Synodality and ecumenism require walking together, say cardinals – Carol Glatz – NCR

The ecumenical dimension of the synodal process

Preparatory Document

Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches

Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church – International Theological Commission

Process for Facilitating Synodal Consultations

Attitudes for Participating in the Synodal Process


Natalie Becquart on 'synodality' in the Catholic Church on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf4ixP21R6U&t=234s

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