Listening, Discernment and the Holy Spirit
Pope Francis, places listening and discernment at the heart of the Synod process. When we listen respectfully to the sincere, hopes, joys and concerns of others we can find ourselves moved to action. The Pope teaches that reflection and prayer leads to decisions in keeping with God's plan for us. "Without the wisdom of discernment, we can easily become prey to every passing trend," he writes. Are we chasing after novelty or are we resistant to change? Christ wants his followers to be free, and in order to be truly free, Francis explains, "he asks us to examine what is within us — our desires, anxieties, fears and questions — and what takes place all around us — 'the signs of the times' — and thus to recognize the paths that lead to complete freedom."
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