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Young people faith and vocational discernment is the theme of the Synod of Bishops taking place this month. The Church worldwide is supporting the synod in prayer, taking up Pope Francis words at the official opening Mass: “May the Spirit grant us the grace to be synodal Fathers anointed with the gift of dreaming and of hoping. We will then, in turn, be able to anoint our young people with the gift of prophecy and vision.”
In 1987 the VII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops discussed Vocation and the mission of the laity in the Church and in the world. Chiara took part as an auditor and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit at work. She spoke about her experience in a telephone conference call.
As you know, I just returned from the synod, in which I participated together with 230 bishops and cardinals of the Church and 60 competent lay people. (...)
How can I sum it up in a few words? How can I express the extraordinary experience I had, sustained by all your prayers?
What I can say is this: “I saw the Holy Spirit burst forth into the Church in a powerful way.”
The synod is a Church journey in which each participant (and this time also the lay people present) brings his or her own contribution, offering their piece to the mosaic. However, at a certain point, Someone acts who goes beyond the individual and the whole, and directs everything powerfully towards an end that had not been foreseen, towards a new stage that the Church is called to live, making it part of its history. This Someone is none less than the Holy Spirit.
(In Lo Spirito Santo, [The Holy Spirit] edited by F. Gillet e R. Silva, Città Nuova, Roma 2018, pp. 94-95 - shortly to be published in English).