• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Monday, 28 May 2018 18:57

'Listen to what the Spirit is saying'

 

Fr Henry Adler SVD close hs 150“What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”

That’s the question we are being urged to consider as the Church in Australia embarks on the journey toward Plenary Council 2020. A tall order perhaps, but the key might be found in the Plenary Council logo: ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’.

Certainly, a great deal of listening will be needed, if we are not going to just talk over the top of each other on this journey.

‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’. This is not just a superficial listening then that is needed. No, to listen to what the Spirit is saying, we will need deep listening.

Plenary Council 350It’s easy to be sceptical about initiatives like this from the bishops. These types of things come and go and we can’t always discern much real benefit to the people of God, to the people on the margins, to our communities.

But I have been encouraged in what I have seen so far of the Plenary Council endeavour, by the desire to reach out and include everyone in the process, to hear from everyone, to really listen to those who often aren’t heard. There is a sense of the Holy Spirit at work and from that rises the hope of a Spirit-led renewal in the Church in Australia.

I will be encouraging our SVD parishes and communities to take part in the Plenary Council process of promoting listening and dialogue at the local level. I’m particularly keen to ensure that the people on the margins who we serve feel that they are included, whether that is the indigenous people of Santa Teresa, farmers in outback Queensland, or new migrants in our city parishes. 

I have a feeling that if we ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying’ together, something quite special could emerge. Who knows what it will be? We will have to look to Jesus, look to the Gospel, and trust in the Spirit.

Yours in the Word,

Fr Henry Adler SVD

Provincial

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