No. 910 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 11 January 2017
- JOINT RECOLLECTION OF PRIESTS
Date and venue: 10 January 2017. Our Lady of Manaog Chapel, Dominican Fathers’ Compound, General Santos City.
Activities: Morning praise with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, shared snack and lunch, sharing by Bishop Dinualdo, concelebrated mass.
Bishop’s sharing on “Communion and Peace” (Highlights)
- Communion is union of the Christians with God and with one another.
- The early Christians were united: one faith, one body, one bread, communion of goods (cf. Acts 2: 42-47; 4: 32).
- “Tranquility of Order” (St. Augustine). Order: 1st 2nd immaterial values. 3rd material things.
- Four pillars of peace: truth, justice, love and freedom (Pope St. John XXIII, “Peace on Earth”).
- Harmony in relations, respect for human rights, solidarity, promotion of the common good, care for the earth (PCP II).
- Christ, our peace (Eph. 2: 14-17).
c. Attendance (62): 20 Religious and 42 diocesan.
N.B. Addenda on peace
Biblical peace (Hebrew “shalom”)
a. Old Testament
- “Peace, which is a special characteristics of this covenant (Ezek. 37: 26), is built upon justice and fidelity to God’s law, as the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel already remind us (Jer. 6: 14, 8: 10-12; Is. 48: 18; Ezek. 13: 16)” (Joseph A. Komonchak et.al., eds., The New Dictionary of Theology, Daughters of St. Paul, Philippines, 1991, p. 749).
- “The final stage, the Messianic time, is described as one in which the effects of justice and integrity will be peace (Is. 32: 15-20), in which there will be no need for instrument of war (Is. 2: 4; Mi. 4: 3), since righteousness and peace will embrace (Ps. 85: 10-11)”. (Komonchak et.al., ibid.)
b. New Testament
“The New Testament depicts the post-resurrection gift of peace with which Jesus greets his followers as a peace which the world cannot give (Jh. 14: 27), the fullness of salvation, the reconciliation of the world and God (Rom. 5: 1-2; Col. 1: 20), the restoration of the unity and harmony of all creation for which the OT hoped (Eph. 2: 15-23; Gal. 3: 28-29)” (Komonchak et.al., op.cit., pp. 749-750).
- Biblical peace is not only the absence of war. “It also indicates the well-being of daily existence, the state of man who lives in harmony with nature, with himself, with God” (Xavier Léon-DuFour, Dictionary of Biblical Theology, updated 2nd, p. 411).
- “Peace is the fullness of happiness” (Xavier Léon DuFour, cit., p. 412).
- “In Hebrew peace is never only a negative state; it never means only the absence of trouble; in Hebrew peace always means everything which makes for man’s highest good… In the Bible peace means not only freedom from all trouble; it means enjoyment of all good” (William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1, rev.ed., p. 108).