The 3rd Talk is on Witnessing by Word, Example & Prayer
E.g. Baltimore Catechism No. 2 from the "good old days", and Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in recent years.
At the end of the talk, I shared with the campers the story of Blessed Anne Mary Taigi (1837), and I blessed the young people with her relic. She is a model for mothers & wives. She had many mystical gifts, but she also had normal household problems to deal with: poor housing, a mother to nurse, a hot-headed husband whom she loved and served as Christ, and the peace to keep among a large family including a difficult daughter-in-law. The life of Blessed Anne Mary reminds us of the universal call to holiness.
We had Conference Call in the evening (Aug. 31, Sunday). We tried to connect with the Chinese Catholic Living Camp with Western Canada & Western U.S. Though it didn't work out as planned, I was still able to talk to them a bit, and to give a blessing to the campers @ U.S. over the phone.
Later that same evening, the working team members shared their experiences of organizing ECCCLC. It was a great joy for me to know and to work with these 6 wonderful young people. I am proud of them!!!!!
At night time, we have Taize prayer gathering. I put all 3 relics there for the campers to venerate.
During night time, we priests heard Confessions of the campers. This is my favorite part of the camp. St. John Eudes used to say "The preacher beats the bushes but the confessor catches the birds". Confession time is "big harvest time" for all living camps, retreats and missions.
September 1st (Monday) is the final day of the Living Camp. We had a Q & A Session. I answered the questions written down by campers. To listen please click.......
At the Commissioning Mass I gave a summary of all 3 Main Talks of the Camp......
I told the campers that I have 3 objectives for this camp:
- Those who have not been making Good Confession & have been missing Sunday Masses will return to the Sacraments.
- Campers will commit themselves to pray at least a decade of the Rosary each day. I recommended praying 15 decades each week by praying 3 decades on Sunday, and 2 decades each day from Monday to Saturday.
- To foster a desire for Holiness by honoring the relics of saints, and by listening to their stories & quotations.
Finally, according to our theme: Shine in the glory of God", I quoted St. Catherine of Siena, "If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze."
After the Camp, the volunteers cleaned up the camp site. And we went out for dinner. Here are some Video Links......