Last weekend, I participated ECCCLC. There were more than 200 young people @ the camp. It was a wonderful experience.
The theme of the camp is "Shine in the Glory of God". I gave 3 major talks during the camp.
Here is a link to my Photo Album....
the life of body is soul; and the life of soul is grace
we haven't done anything to make ourselves worthy to be born; and we also haven't done anything to make ourselves worthy of Baptism (our spiritual birth)
but to grow... we need to cooperate (for natural life: eat, drink, clean, learn etc.; for spiritual life: pray, Sacraments, contrition, penance, learn religion etc.)
the norm for life (both natural & spiritual) is to GROWTH
for natural life to grow: need to make use of natural faculties (sight, hearing, speech etc.); for spiritual life to grow: need to make use of spiritual faculties (i.e. infused virtues: faith, hope, charity, justice, prudent, fortitude & temperance)
the 7 gifts that we received @ Confirmation helps us to put virtues into practice, and thus grow into spiritual maturity
the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance sustain & nurture our spiritual life
In my 1st Talk, I compared the natural life with the spiritual life:
3 Aspects of Holy Eucharist:
3 Essential Acts of Penitent in Confession:
At the end of the 1st Talk, I shared with the camper the story of Saint Mary Goretti. She was martyred for purity in July, 1902 (5 weeks after her 1st Communion). She won for the grace of true Contrition & good Confession for her murderer, Alessandro Serenelli, by her forgiveness, love, prayer, & sacrifice. I blessed the young people with a 1st class relic of the saint.
After the 1st Talk, we had the Opening Mass. I preached on Devotion to Our Lady. The 3 C's: Consecration, Contemplation, & Charity. I preached a similar sermon a week before on August 23rd to the MC co-workers. You can see the summary from my earlier post on August 23rd.....
Here is the audio link of my sermon @ the Opening Mass of ECCCLC......
We have Eucharistic Adoration in the evening. I gave a little explanation about Adoration. I talked about the 3 P's (Presence, Power & Prayer) Here is the MP3 link....