XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops(From 3th to 28 October)
Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
And how Pope Francis reflected on the Synod of Bishops during his address at the Angelus on Sunday.
During the Angelus following the Mass, Pope Francis related the day’s readings to the Synod of Bishops.
“The first reading, from Jeremiah, was particularly suited to this moment,” he said, “because it is a word of hope that God gives to his people.” It is a word of consolation that “opens to them a horizon of the future, a viable and practical way” along which all can walk.
Pope Francis said that this passage of God’s Word “expresses well the experience” of the past few weeks of the Synod: “It was a time of consolation and hope,” he said, “precisely through the demanding and even tiring work.”
The Synod, he said, was fundamentally a moment of listening, which requires “time, attention, and openness of mind and heart.”
It was precisely through listening that the participants of the Synod were able to discern the signs of the times. It was a discernment of the whole community, “made in the light of the Word of God and of the Spirit.” This, the Pope said, “is one of the most beautiful gifts that the Lord gives to the Catholic Church.”
The Holy Father said the “fruits” of the work of the Synod “are already fermenting… The Synod of Young People was a good harvest, and it promises good wine.” But, he said, “the first fruit of this Synodal Assembly should be precisely in the example of the method that they tried to follow” – a reference to the model of Synodality, which occupies a prominent place in the final document produced by the Synod.
Pope Francis emphasised that a synodal society isn’t primarily about drafting documents – although that is valuable and useful.
More important, he said, is the spread of a way of being and working together… in listening and discerning, to arrive at pastoral choices that respond to reality.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Synod:
In journeying towards the Synod,
your Church turns her attention to all the young people in the world.
We pray that they might boldly
take charge of their lives,
aim for the most beautiful and profound things of life
and always keep their hearts unencumbered.
Accompanied by wise and generous guides,
help them respond to the call
you make to each of them,
to realize a proper plan of life
and achieve happiness.
Keep their hearts open to dreaming great dreams
and make them concerned for the good of others.
Like the Beloved Disciple,
may they stand at the foot of the Cross,
to receive your Mother as a gift from You.
May they be witnesses to your Resurrection
and be aware that you are at their side
as they joyously proclaim you as Lord.