A brief summary of the day’s events:
This morning I presented the report on behalf of the redaction committee, a summary of what in another context would be called the story so far. Fortunately it was accepted by the assembly as an adequate summary of where we had reached during the first week of the Chapter. A considerable time was spent today looking at the CCC’s reformulation of the second objective; in fact, they gave us two reformulations representing the two perspectives that were in the Chapter about where restructuring should start (i.e. at provincial or regional level). No clear consensus appeared on which one was preferred by the assembly, so the CCC has taken heed of all the various observations and will try to draft a text which takes these into account. In the afternoon, Tim O’Brien, who had spoken to us on Monday about Strategic Planning, gave a talk on Managing Change. Tim and his wife are members of the Community of Passionist Partners, a lay movement in the United States so, as well as knowing about Organisational Development, he also knows quite a lot about how we function. He made an interesting point in his presentation today; according to Tim, in business, change can be difficult because people are not very committed, whereas in religious life, change can be difficult because people are very committed. You just can’t win!
I leave you with a picture of the sun setting over the Palatine Hill, taken from the gardens of Saints John and Paul.