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.