"of ONE heart & soul"

Those who believed were of one heart and soul (Acts 4:32)


Only with the heart that one can see rightly says the Little Prince of Antoine de Saint- Exupery. Only when we open our hearts can we begin to acknowledge and accept one another in a more authentic way. Jesus taught us to love (Jn.13:34) and forgive from the heart (Mt.18:35). His encounters with people even among the crowds were always personal and intimate (Lk.19:5). He saw through the facades of sinners as well as of hypocrites (Jn.8:1-11). His words were like arrows piercing through their innermost being. Wrongdoers were reconciled with the community. The proud were exposed. Faced with the Truth, the heart either melts in humility or runs away in fear.

In Day One of PCNE 4, we are invited to open our hearts to Jesus that we may experience His ineffable love and mercy. Jesus is the source of our communion. In Him, we are made one. His love expands our person towards full communion. Through our Heart to Heart Session with Cardinal Chito Tagle, let us listen to stories of conversion and healing. Through our plenary and workshop sessions, let us witness and behold how Jesus continues to mend our wounds and restore our relationships. Sometimes we are tempted to allow resignation and cynicism to take over. The fact, however, is that the world is never wanting in occasions and persons of compassion and solidarity. We just need to listen and open our hearts more to their stories. In Day One, let us explore what is “common” (which leads to “commun-ion”) among us and not what divides us.


Mahatma Gandhi once said that earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. If only we learn how to make room for one another, life would be so much more bearable for many of our brothers and sisters. Jesus taught us to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty (Mt.25:35). But we live in a world dominated by a “throwaway culture” and “globalization of indifference” (Evangelii Gaudium, 53-54).

In Day Two of PCNE 4, we will focus on the challenges that we, as a participatory and inclusive Church, as a community of disciples of Jesus, have to face today. Communion with Jesus leads us to share our gifts and live in solidarity with others in spite of our differences. We open ourselves to the world of the other and embrace all especially those who have been abandoned by human families and societies. The Church, who lives and exists because of the Trinitarian love and hospitality, makes room for everyone and is always available "for one another”. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization from the Vatican, will lead our reflection. In Day Two, let us explore how we can cultivate a culture of openness and participation in our parishes and communities.


Communion is at the same time mission. The Church cannot be self-absorbed or self-referential. She constantly goes forth, always telling the story of Jesus in the midst of the dilemmas in the world. She does not pretend to have all the remedies to the problems of individuals and societies. Instead, she opens up a new horizon for meaning and hope through stories and dialogues. She proposes the joy of the gospel, the joy that only Jesus can provide.

In Day Three of PCNE 4, we will focus on our primary task as missionary disciples – “What we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands… We proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ (1Jn.1:1-4).” Being Christian today is not an idea or an ideology. It is living in the concrete our encounter and friendship with Jesus. Wherever or whenever we are, at home or at work, whatever circumstances of life, we are always summoned and sent by Jesus to proclaim His message of healing and salvation. Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, will lead us in our reflection.

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