True discernment asks us to be people of prayer, reflection, humility, openness, generosity and effort

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Led by the Spirit Phase 3

Living our Mission: Being Called to Holiness

We now begin the final and most crucial phase in our diocesan communal discernment, exploring how we use what we have learned about ourselves and about the diocese. We have a single mission upon which everything else we do will stand or fall - the mission to grow in holiness. Exploring our call to holiness will ask us to consider new ways to be a community of faith, new ways to be of service to the Church and new ways to live our liturgical and spiritual life.

Bishop Brian has written a beautiful Pastoral Letter, made available on the Feast of St Columba, the Patron of our diocese, and you can find copies of that here on the website and in your churches.

Visit our Phase 3 Resources page here, for other material that will help us prepare for our parish meetings. Take time to read and digest all the material to be found there, and most importantly pray for the grace to recognise you are called to holiness, asking to be open to whatever is required to answer this call.

Thanks once again to everyone who has participated in Phases 1 and 2. The report of Phase 1 is available here, and the report of Phase 2 is here.

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Click below to listen to the hymn "We'll Be Led By The Spirit" by Peter Rose & Anne Conlon. Visit our resources page to learn more about it, view the words and download the music.

Introduction from Bishop Brian McGee

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

I love the Church! I love the Universal Church, spread across the world, and I love our Local Church which is the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles!

As your bishop I write to you about a deep conviction that is in my heart. As a diocese we need to discern together God’s Will. I invite us all to prayerfully listen to the Holy Spirit so that in the Highlands and Islands of contemporary Scotland we may be the Church God wants us to be, especially asking how does God want Argyll and the Isles to become more missionary?

I have lived among you and been your shepherd for almost seven years. I have travelled across our diocese praying, listening and sharing with you. I rejoice in and give thanks for the great goodness and deep faith in clergy and laity throughout our diocese. I am also aware that we face serious challenges. Prayerful reflection has confirmed my long-held conviction that disciples must listen to the Master’s voice. I ask you what is best: for us to do the good deeds we consider are necessary or to ask God what he wants us to be?

In my Pastoral Letter I reflect on the beauty of the Church and its calling, the reality of the problems we face, why I am full of hope and propose how we can together discern God’s Will. I take personal leadership of this discernment process as a sign of the importance I place upon it.

Other Resources

Read Bishop Brian's Pastoral Letter outlining the 'Led by the Spirit' process

Pope Francis' Catechesis on Discernment

14 Talks from The General Audience of Pope Francis

Between August 2022 and January 2023 Pope Francis took the opportunity at his weekly Wednesday General Audience to give a series of talks on Discernment. He explored the meaning of discernment, looked at the example of St Ignatius Loyola, considered what elements come into a good discernment, before giving attention to consolation and desolation, what can help us in our discernment, and the importance of being accompanied through a process of discernment.

We have collected this excellent series of talks into a downloadable booklet, which is available here as a PDF or by clicking the booklet cover.

Phases in the Process

Phase 1. What kind of Church is God calling us to be in Argyll and the Isles today/How can we be more missionary?

Phase 2. What are our resources as a diocese?

Phase 3. How can we best fulfil our mission with our resources?

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