“The Holy Spirit may have brought us together to be in conversation”

Jorge Lockward (New York, USA, lay) believes that “the Holy Spirit may have brought us together to be in conversation.”  Through the painful experience of the morning discussion about the Church’s stance on homosexuality a “conversation happened that many might not chosen to have, and to have together.”

“I do not approve of what happened, but I praise God for what God will be doing with it.”


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