Choosing the better part

Choosing the better part

Monday, October 15, 2012

Future Days of Recollection

Now that we have had a couple meetings of the Schola Christi, I thought that we could begin to consider some additional things we might offer for adults and young adults who come to the Oratory.  Whatever we choose to do, I would hope that it could be done in the same spirit of prayer and familiar discussion of the faith and in our mutual attraction to and love for Christ.  

One possibility that came to mind was to offer Days of Recollection.  This might work best with people's busy schedules and would not necessitate limiting the size of the group.  My thought is to offer such mini-retreats quarterly on a Saturday morning beginning with an opportunity for confession at 9am, Mass at 10am, followed by a longer and more developed conference that could either be broken into two (one hour) sessions or one (two hour) session.  The day would conclude with lunch and an opportunity to socialize and to get to know one another a bit more.  

I would be open to any suggestions, but the topic for the first Day of Recollection could be "The Theology and Practice of Reparation."  Here we would consider the meaning of reparation for our sins and the sins of others against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and how practically this might be embraced in one's spiritual life.  

Also, in the spirit of St. Philip Neri, I would like to consider ways that we could quietly and lovingly serve those in our community that they might know the presence of Christ and his tender compassion.  St. Philip, as many of you know, was especially attentive to the sick and those in the hospitals of Rome.  Certainly, in Pittsburgh, there is no lack of a need for such a loving presence in our many hospitals or even simply being attentive to the needs of those here in our own immediate community and among our family and friends.  Again, I am open to suggestions and look forward to hearing your thoughts on these possibilities for the group.  Please feel free to comment either here or, if you prefer, send me a private email to share your thoughts.  Even better - - perhaps we can try things the old fashioned way and actually talk to one another directly ;-)

These first meetings of the Schola Christi have been a great joy and I look forward to seeing you in the future.

God bless, Fr. David.

8 comments:

  1. I could certainly use some recollection and to retreat from stresses. The challenge would be escaping those stresses long enough to attend such a miniretreat.

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    1. We can try to schedule them far enough in advance to give those with children an opportunity to arrange babysitting or perhaps parents can take turns in coming to the Days of Recollection.

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  2. Fr. David,

    The mini-retreats and community service are wonder-full ideas! There are plenty of fragile faithful within the Oratory and St. Paul Cathedral Community. If we prayerfully meet their needs in the spirit of St. Philip we would have focused opportunity to experience God's grace and to spiritually form! If I can do anything to help, please let me know.

    The Schola Christi group has been such a tremendous blessing to me.

    Thank you!

    Mary

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    1. Thank you Mary. I agree. We often don't have to look far to be able to serve others with love.

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  3. I absolutely love the idea of a retreat! The same goes for service, extending from our newly-formed community of lovers of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and of His Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    Yes, let us also discuss in person. ;)

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    1. Great Carole. I'm glad you like the ideas and hopefully we can get something moving soon. Perhaps the Adoration committee and help plan a date for the first Day of Recollection.

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  4. I've not had time for a retreat away from home in years, so I love the idea of a mini-retreat! Starting with confession (to empty ourselves of what separates us from God) then mass (to fill us anew with Christ's love and graces) is a wonderful beginning to meditate on Reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for our sins and the sins of the world. We could even offer those graces from confession and mass to Jesus and Mary in Reparation. Reaching out to the community, our family members in need, our friends, the poor, I think would be a great way to offer service and reparation, even if in very small but loving ways (St. Therese's little way). I'll be interested in hearing what else the Holy Spirit will inspire us to do.

    Thanks, and keeping you and Schola Christi participants in prayer,
    Pam

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  5. Thank you Pam. I hope to get some additional feedback at the next group in order to plan something soon. I appreciate the prayers especially. God bless, Fr.David

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