A thriving Parish Pastoral Council was due a change of membership. The outgoing members discussed how best to go about this, but they were getting nowhere until suddenly someone said: ‘Why don’t we let God take charge?’ They entered into a discerning process, by which they meant that at every stage they wanted God to lead them.
For this they needed trust, openness and a spirit of prayer. Instead of themselves choosing the persons they thought best, they would have an open election process: this, they felt, would give God space to choose the best! They tried to listen at every stage for the ‘still small voice of God’. Good people in fact were chosen and the parish is united behind them.
Now Pope Francis is asking that in all the choices we face we should let ourselves be led by the Holy Spirit. He wants us to let God take charge of the Church!
- Brian Grogan SJ, extracted from Living Prayer