We love our Church, with all her limitations, and her riches too, she is our Mother.
For this reason we respect her, and while we do so,
we dream that she will never lose her beauty.
May she be the Church where it is good to live, where you can breathe,
and say what you think-a Church of Freedom.
A Church which listens before speaking
and welcomes instead of judging,
forgives without wishing to condemn, and announces rather than denounces.
A Church of mercy and of where the simplest of our brothers and sisters will understand
what the others are saying. Our Church will be where the wisest of leaders will know that
he doesn't know all, and where the people of God will be revealed in its entirety
-a Church of wisdom.
May our Church be where the Holy Spirit will be able to feel at home
because everything has not been foreseen, settled and decided in advance.
An open Church,
a Church where the audacity
to do something new
will be stronger than the habit of doing things
as they have always been done.
A Church where everyone can pray in their own language
and express themselves according to their culture, and live with their own history.
A Church of which people will not say how well they are organized,
but say how they love one another.
A Church of the city, a Church of suburbs, and of the streets.
Lift up your heads and look - the Lord is with us and with you.
-Adapted from a 1966 Pastoral letter of Bishop Guy Droubaix-SntDenis, France