Christmas Letter 2018 of the Abbot General OCist: The Grace of Walking Together
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I write my traditional Advent and Christmas letter after the recent experience of participating in the Synod of Bishops that was held in Rome from October 3 to 28, around Pope Francis. You know that the theme was: “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” I am thankful to the Assembly of Superiors General which elected me, along with nine other brothers of various Orders and Congregations, to participate in such an intense ecclesial event, in which we heard the life of the Church pulsing even to the farthest end of the world. In addition to the Bishops of every people and nation, about thirty young people were invited as auditors, coming not only from the five continents, but also from various ecclesial realities which are especially in touch with the world of youth. Representatives of various Christian churches were not absent, in addition to a numerous group of experts who offered indispensable help toward assimilating all the contributions, evaluating them, and then putting them together harmoniously in the Final Document.