Forty-six (46) Claretian, Passionist and diocesan priests participated in the recollection held last 12 January 2016, Immaculate Conception Parish, Norala, South Cotabato.
Activities: holy hour (exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with morning praise), sharing, mass.
Fr. Gillarme “Joy” Peliño shared his insights on the Eucharist.
Value of prayer. As ordained ministers of the Church we must appreciate prayer founded in love. A love that emanates from the love of the Father to the Son and to us.
1st point. “Familiarity with God”
The Eucharist is the highest form of prayer. How familiar are we with the ways of the Father? Are we not being formed everytime we celebrate mass? The celebration of the Holy Eucharist must be the most important thing for us as priests of Jesus Christ.
2nd point. “Fraternal Charity”
The Eucharist is a communion of disciples, communion of saints. Many charisms in the Church but united in Jesus Christ, in God who is love. God’s Spirit unites us priests as brothers in love with one another – our differences, notwithstanding. When one is familiar with God, one loves his brother priests.
3rd point. “Turning point”
In this Year of Mercy our turning point is to taste God’s loving mercy. We are earthen vessel, liable to be broken. Let us be disposed to God’s Spirit for healing our brokenness.
Let the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood be the center of our priestly life and ministry.(From the report of Fr. JOC)