At his blog at the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl offers some thoughts on the Synod on the Family which begins on Sunday. +Wuerl is a synod father. I will call readers' attention to the key thing +Wuerl does not do - he does not "take sides" the way so many others have, but encourages his fellow synod fathers to be attentive to the Holy Spirit, and encourages the rest of us to pray that the Holy Spirit will inflame the hearts of the synod fathers. In bringing together two such starkly contrasting points of view as some others have expressed, look for +Wuerl to be one of the key consensus builders within the synod. He has the skills and the personal qualities necessary to play such a role. He has extensive experience of previous synods. And, he is universally respected for his intellect and his ability to weigh values properly when confronting complicated and difficult issues.