We have advanced from being prisoners of doctrine to
listening with our heart, which enlightens the intellect. I feel that we are
all enlightened by this assembly. In this synodal process, God’s love fills our
hearts and gives us the grace of new wisdom. God is giving us a new vision and
doctrine of the Church, one that is born of charity and love, where the
pastoral priority is that the Church is for all.
My experience of these days is that the signs of the
times make us keep the poor at the centre, for they are the suffering body of
Christ. We keep at the centre those who are poor, whether spiritually and
physically, such as forced migrants, victims of war, or victims of abuse.
Thanks to this dynamic, the wounds of the Lord are placed at the centre. As the
Church accompanies, heals and rehabilitates, it is invited to abasement and
humility. This is the way that has been taught to us by the Lord who suffered
with the poor in his incarnation. We also are invited to suffer with the poor,
to hope with the poor and to experience resurrection with the poor as we
joyfully accept God’s blessings.
first week of the General Assembly has been a time of listening and hope, of
growing in faith and of building up the Church, making it a place of universal