So prayer is absolutely vital over the next three weeks for this historic ecclesial event happening in Rome. So here are a couple of practical things:
Why not spiritually adopt a bishop at the synod so that you can pray for him by name every day, especially in this month of the Holy Rosary. I’m sure we could all recite a decade or two once a day with a particular name in mind? Just go to www.adoptasynodfather.org and you will receive an automatic reply with a delegate’s name for you to keep in prayer. I’ve already been allocated Bishop Xavier Johnsai Munyongani of Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Today is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. A few weeks back I mentioned that we must value these celestial friends of ours much more as they are so eager to help us by their intercession. One of the things I learned in Philadelphia was that if you ask things of your guardian angel you must give them a name, because ‘they cannot read your mind’ as it was put to me. So to forge a more personal relationship with mine, I’ve decided to call him Valentine, after my eldest brother whom I never knew but who my dear departed mother delivered stillborn in 1946. She named him after my Polish grandfather Walenty. So Valentine (my guardian angel assigned to me from all eternity) will be my advocate in Rome not only with the angel of Bishop Xavier Johnsai but in dialogue with all the guardian angels of all the fathers at the Synod.
We so need the bishops at the assembly to be truly fathers to us at this time of great need for Catholic family life and witness, so that their deliberations under the Holy Father’s leadership will bring us renewed energy, vigour, and deepened love for authentic Catholic family life founded upon marriage.
May God and His blessed Mother and all the angels and saints guide and bless the next three weeks with an intensity of heavenly grace and wisdom and courage.
Director, Office of Marriage and Family Life – Diocese of Westminster