Welcome to the first LPM News in 2018. We have entered into the sacred week of the church year knowing our personal need to be transformed by the paschal mystery of Jesus. This is not however just a personal journey, it is a communal journey that we consciously undertake for the life of the world. As we know, the church is always in need of transformation. Pope Francis has called us to become a synodal Church, a listening Church. In his address to the Bishops of the world, he explains the importance of listening, dialogue and prayer.
The Second Vatican Council called for a theological and liturgical renewal emphasizing the Church as communion rather than institution. The Council called for a vision of the Church as Sacramental rather than juridical …… This entails a fundamental change in the understanding of how sacred and secular realms relate to one another. It calls the laity out of passivity into active participation in the ministry of the Church, a call inherent in their baptism and in the example of Jesus of Nazareth. (In the Name of the Church: William J. Cahoy p. ix)