Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day of Recollection

These couple days, I try to rest, pray & relax in order to recharge myself from overworking during the past 2 weeks.

Today, in the morning, we had Day of Recollection for Clergy. We went to St. Francis de Sales Parish in Burnaby. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed @ around 10:30 AM. Fr. Bernardo Estrada, an Opus Dei priest from Rome gave us 2 talks. In between the 2 talks, there was half an hour of quite prayer time. 2 priests were available for Confession. After the 2nd talk, we prayed Mid-Day Prayer together followed by Benediction. After all these we had lunch.

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The talks of Fr. Estrada were reflections on the Royal Priesthood base on Writings of St. Paul. Here are some notes & personal reflections I had from the Day of Recollection:

We, priests, participate the Royal Priesthood of Christ through Baptism & Ordination.

BAPTISM

  • Baptism is the 1st of priestly vocation
  • it is a total free gift from God
  • to be washed... to be justified... to be sanctified
  • it is death & burial with Christ
  • but it is also the beginning of new life
  • we are incorporated into Christ's Life & His Body
  • it is the promise of Eternal Life
  • we are planted with Christ... to grow with Him... to participate His Life
  • we need to get rid of: 1. old self, 2. body of dead, 3. slavery to sin
  • we are another "Christ"
  • we must be thankful to God, and our Heavenly Mother

ORDINATION

  • priests should not conform to this world & should present our bodies as living sacrifice
  • we are given grace to give the most precious gifts to the people
  • we must not be conformists. We need the help of God
  • the marvels we experience in our ministry are not our own doing, but are the results of grace
  • we are channels & instruments of grace
  • we are earthen vessels with precious gifts
  • we must remain close to God
  • we are always depending on God in our ministries
  • we must not over-consider ourselves
  • we have received much, and must communicate to others
  • Sacrament: I give something what I myself cannot give

Myself & Fr. Bernardo Estrada

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