Universal Voices/Voces Universales

A Heart For Holy Tension

October 27, 2023 Alissa Molina Season 3 Episode 2
Universal Voices/Voces Universales
A Heart For Holy Tension
Show Notes

Universal Voices is back with an all new A Heart For mini-series. In this episode, Alissa welcomes Jennifer Nutzman. Jenny is a cradle Catholic who moved around as a child, learning early to adapt and love everyone as they are wherever they are. She currently finds hope in working to help people recognize the convergence of our Catholic Social Teaching and the synodal church, the church of accompaniment, that we are called to be at this point in history.

This episode is packed with all sorts of hope as Alissa and Jenny enter into conversation around what it is to be a synodal Church--that is--a Church who walks together. Get ready to feel some joy and peace about the state of the Catholic Church as the two venture into so much that is truly hopeful.  Listen in to hear as the two chat about:

  • God's small still voice within us.
  • Jesus in the Eucharist.
  • Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future - the book by Pope Francis that kind of kicked it all off for Jenny.
  • An easy definition of the word synod.
  • Holy Tension.
  • Trust.
  • Unity NOT being uniformity. 
  • Sophia Institute's Synod Course.
  • Letting the hand hold the wound, and the feet move us in the direction we are going (this was Alissa's FAVORITE part)!
  • Listening, listening, listening.
  • Different kinds of margins.
  • How others may be feeling pushed out just like we do (this was so so good)!
  • A Church led by the Holy Spirit.

Find details on the Sophia Institute Course here and a great definition of synodality here. Purchase a second-hand copy of Let Us Dream here.

Finally, join us in praying this simple prayer from the opening of the synod: 
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

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