Synodality: starting from experiences

A “Spirituality Group”, born within the National Coordination of the Welcoming Community (CNCA), offers its reflections on the subject of synodality.

Our group was born within the National Reception Community Coordination (CNCA). The term “spirituality” as a desire to go further, always in the open field, without excluding.

We start from experiences to listen, try to understand and then hypothesize.

Committed to grasping the fatigue of the most vulnerable and transforming it into inclusive policies. Each with different experiences of history and present, together we try to understand above all with questions that we make vibrate first of all within ourselves.

We remember with pleasure the reference witnesses who stimulated and motivated us to not resign.

In our meetings, the silences between one consideration and another are also significant. To understand what everyone says, not to be trivial in what you want to communicate and even for a little shyness because, when you value the questions, the statements always have a lot of trepidation.

Each oriented to the search for meaning, in the necessary harmony between the needs of earth, sky and unity. Further motivated by the synodal commitment requested by Pope Francis.

Context analysis

From the crisis to the courage to change. The Church – since being part of it “I care” – promotes a synodal journey in plaster if participation is formal and, consequently, the results already oriented.

Need to shop around. Diseases and wars, appalling inequalities without perception of the drama, distant politics, rapid changes in fragile times, uncertainties for not knowing where to go and often with low profile perspectives.

Relationships frayed by lack of empathy. Without defining the basic needs, even the analysis and definition of the problems end up being absurd.

Young people, forced to be something else, do not seem to have the strength to be against. Also the difficulty in defining what “this other” can be. For this reason, the effort of searching together is a must.

Time for spirituality

Ability to grasp the soul of the present to orient towards the best for everyone.

Understanding the human through the Incarnation. One may not even believe in God, but it is always possible to have an almost religious understanding with all those who try to understand the human.

For the Church, the time has come for the laity. Therefore, overcoming the clerical-presbyteral perspective by making participation effective and integrating the spiritual with being responsible citizens.

Jesus was always on the way. Every now and then he stopped to make people think, to pay attention to those who were ill, to share daily life and then resumed walking towards the fulfillment of his mission. Like Jesus, who becomes man and woman, on a journey to understand the unevenness of life.

Spirituality as a search for meaning through the encounter with the other, the surprise, the unprecedented, the rediscovery of being humanly living.

For a Itinerarium mentis in Deum (Saint Bonaventure), the first step is to understand the world in which one lives, to discover the presence of the Other. From theology to anthropology. Without valuing creatures, we believe it is not possible to find the fundamentals of things.

Conversion as a change of path through entertaining oneself in empathy. A path that can be followed in the open field, so as not to condition and reduce prospects.

Search for coherent modalities

Like Jesus who taught through the parables of everyday life and like children who learn through images, we too are looking for symbols. The ports as open and variable encounters, the oscillating structures of the Luna Park as the uncertainty of human things, the bridges that connect and allow memories to pass through.

After the images, the verbs. Walking, supporting, accompanying, sharing, understanding precariousness and giving back as a duty. Personalize growth and care (Don Milani’s “I care”) as an essential way of walking.

Getting out of niches to overcome dichotomies. Therefore, be free to perceive and enhance the small signs of novelty and of the future.

To pass from memory to “after us”

The dimension of fatigue, uncertainty and disorientation accompanies the experiences of all times. In every moment of crisis, the true prophets have known and know how to grasp the small signs of novelty and – above all with consistency – have known and know how to be witnesses.

These signs are captured in the understanding of pain, in the deep desires of justice and reconciliation, in the search for the meaning of life (the only way to understand death), in the need for inner peace that wars small and large make us forget.

The community

Accustomed to so many “non-places”, we want places of belonging for meaningful, enhancing relationships, with broad perspectives, for tiring experiences because they are real. Sharing profound questions, without the fear of being excluded because they are uncertain about so many things that too many take for granted.

The questions and, as a result, the research improved the story.

The community that believes in the gift of the Spirit can only abandon itself to this Flow. Therefore, also a liturgy on the way, which strengthens being together and accompanies us to find profound meaning in man transformed by the Incarnation.

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