The solar system is a planetary system
Not ‘cause of one planet
But a diversity of planets.
The beach is the beach
Not ‘cause of one grain of sand
But diverse sand grains together.
The ocean is the ocean
Not ‘cause of one droplet of water
But millions of diverse droplets together.
Trees are trees
Not ‘cause of one leaf standing alone
But scores of diverse leaves together.
The forest is the forest
Not ‘cause of one tree standing alone
But thousands of diverse trees standing together.
A football game is a football game
Not ‘cause of one spectator in a massive stadium
But thousands of diverse spectators cheering together.
A village is a village
Not ‘cause of one resident
But a diversity of residents living together.
Language is a language
Not ‘cause of one word
But, together, different letters forming different words,
Different words forming different sentences,
Different sentences forming different paragraphs,
Different paragraphs forming different stories.
The Caribbean is the Caribbean
Not ‘cause of one race and creed
But different races and creeds together intermingling
Forming a hybrid culture.
“Togetherness” is the God of creation.
“Togetherness” is the DNA of creation.
“Togetherness” is the heartbeat of peoples and cultures.
“Togetherness” is the engine of Jesus’ mission.
“Togetherness” is the algorithm of the Church’s mission.
“Togetherness” is Synod.
“Fostering participation leads us out of ourselves to involve others who hold different views than we do. Listening to those who have the same views as we do bears no fruit. Dialogue involves coming together across diverse opinions. Indeed, God often speaks through the voices of those that we can easily exclude, cast aside, or discount” (Vadamecum, 2.2).