The 2nd Talk is on Prayer & Penance
In order to be saved we need to keep the Commandments,
In order to keep the Commandments we need the Actual Grace of God,
In order to obtain Actual Grace we need to Pray.
Hence, Prayer is Necessity for Salvation!!!
4 Conditions for our prayers to be infallible according to St. Thomas Aquinas:
1. We pray for ourselves
2. We pray things needed for our Salvation
3. We pray piously
4. We pray persistently
The PATH of good prayer:
P = Perseverance
A = Attention
T = Trust
H = Humility
The second part of the talk is on Penance
Mortification: Focus more on present & future --- we exercise self-control to do good & avoid sin
Penance: Focus more on the past --- we do penance to make up for past sins
Young people need to exercise self-discipline in order to avoid sin. St. Thomas points out that some temptations should be resisted indirectly. Temptation against chastity is the kind of temptation that we should overcome indirectly by turning our mind away from it, and by keeping a distance of occasions of sin (i.e. things, places, or people that can lead us to sin). The effective way to avoid sin is to do good.
We should do Penance for sinners, and for the peace & salvation of the world. We are instruments of God to apply the saving grace of Christ to mankind.
|Active Penance||We take on penance voluntarily (e.g. to give up candy, ice-cream or T.V. during Lent)|
|Passive Penance||We accept and offer up to God the sufferings of daily life & the hardships from daily duties|
The Children of Fatima set wonderful examples of Prayer & Penance for us
Ways to deal with Suffering
At the end of the talk, I shared the story of St. Gemma Galgani (1903) with the campers. I blessed them with her relic. She suffered a great deal for Christ both in body & in soul. She suffered sickness and had the stigmata. She lost her father & had to take care her younger brothers & sisters. She was misunderstood by others. She offered up her sufferings to Christ for the Salvation of souls.
We had camp fire on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning I shared my vocation story. I got quite emotional when I shared my story......
Later on, we had Sunday Mass with the Archbishop of Toronto, and had group picture & lunch with him.......