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Ode to Synodality

One of my first reactions after reading the PD and the Vademecum was a poetic attempt to give an idea what synodality is all about. But I lack training in the art of poesy.

Synodality is when we finally understood
that we are side by side on the same road.
When we can’t kick anybody out of the boat,
not even the most annoying fool,
not even the worst criminal,
not even the most aggressive offender,
because we know that God wants us all.

Synodality is when we finally understood
that different opinions are enrichment, not threat.
that other cultures are brothers, not enemies.

Synodality is
when we listen with an open mind and an open heart,
when we condemn our prejudice rather than condemning other people,
when we react to critics gratefully instead of angrily.

Synodality is
when we speak with courage, freedom and love,
when we honestly say what needs to be said,
when we patiently explain our idea again and again to the most stubborn fool,
when we thoroughly discern between good and bad,
when no cry dies in your throat before it has been heard.

Synodality is
When the top manager has meal together with the toilet cleaner.
When we search consensus with our hardest enemy.
When we fully forgive our nastiest offender.
When we stay calm where others are upset.

When no foolish idea stays alive for long.

When truth grows and when foolishness shrinks.
When foolishness no longer overgrows truth.

When pride is called gratefulness.
When arrogance is not called pride.

When useless ideas don’t hide the important ones.
When urgent decisions don’t get blocked by long-term issues.

When we write history as it was, not as we want it to be.

When we let others see who we are, not who we want to be.
When we let others be as they are, not as we want them to be.

When we forgive the unpleasant things instead of forgetting them.
When we forgive our mistakes and those of others.

When we refuse being influenced by prejudice, partiality and ignorance.

When we are not afraid to look at ourselves.
When we can admit that we are weak and sinful.
and that our thoughts are influenced by ignorance.

When we are not afraid to look at our past.
When we can admit that we were weak and sinful
and that our actions were influenced by partiality

When we are not afraid to look at our future.
When we can admit that we need guidance
and that our dreams are influenced by prejudice.

When we try to find in God our unity without giving up our diversity.
When we try to journey sustainably without leaving burned earth to our children
When we try to stay on the way of truth

Synodality is what we all need to learn,
Synodality is our way to go together, united in diversity.