Pre-Lenten Retreat

Pre-Lenten Retreat: Come As You Are – Grand Feast

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Homily by Fr. Bob Mcconaghy

Ash Wednesday is not a day that you
make promises. Ash Wednesday is to
realize that we need God’s grace.
A special help from God.

Advice this Lent:

Fasting on Thursdays
Not to make chismis.
Ask for the God’s grace.
Pope Francis calls chismis – terrorism
We drop a bomb on someone’s reputation
Taking delight on somebody else’s sin
so that I don’t look at my own.
It doesn’t feel like a sin.
But its a failure to love.

Fasting on Fridays
Not to make mental judgement
Seeing other people’s sin

Fasting on Saturdays
Think of your grudges
Someone who hurt you.
Simply say to the Lord, and mention name,
and say, I forgive this person.
Send a text, letter or note to this
person and reconcile

Fasting on Sundays
Don’t read the bad news like newspapers
Read the good news. Read entire Gospel of Mark in 1 sitting or in 5 sitting
for 40 minutes.

Fasting on Mondays
Say the rosary
For every bead, pray for one person by name.
First 10 relatives
Second 10 friends
Third 10 pray for the priests
Fourth 10 pray for your enemies

Fasting on Tuesday
Social Media – no posts, no selfies, etc.
Turn off and use this time to rest.
To be refreshed by God
Close your mind and open your heart
Go to adoration chapel

Fasting on Wednesdays
Give a sandwich to someone who needs it.

Speaker: Bro Didoy Lubaton

Big Message: Come As You Are

Mark 1:40-41
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees,
“If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man.
“I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

Lent is a purification.
40 days of purification.
God touching us and making us clean again.
We all are spiritual lepers.
We are all broken.
We have sinful hearts.
Come as you are. No pretensions.
Be desperate to God.
God knows you as you are.
He knows your struggles.

Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

Leviticus 13:46
All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled;
he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.

This Lenten, it’s time to go to Jesus.
You can come as you are.

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

All things will work good for those who love God. Even in sickness.

Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

Why does evil seems to be more powerful than good?
Come as you are. God accepts you as you are even if you do bad things.
Jesus will make you clean.
You need friends who will help you also to make you clean. To pray for you and to guide you to be closer to Jesus.

Speaker: Bro JC Libiran

Lent will bring us to Jesus.
The leper was in need of Jesus.

Speaker: Bro Adrian Panganiban

Start our day with God.
By praying by reading the word of God.

Speaker: Kuya Lep Sumera

When you sacrifice you don’t lose,
but you gain something.
Write down small blessings.
Attitude of gratitude

Speaker: Bro Alvin Barcelona

3 Groups
-Always holy camp
-Sometimes holy and sometimes unholy

Jesus touched the leper.
He broke the walls of division.

Who are these people in your life who are like lepers? Feeling far from God.
The least, the last, the lost.
Bring down the walls. Touch them,
befriend them. Bless 1 person a day.
You might be that leper who needs to come to Jesus. Who needs to come as you are.

Speaker: Bro Audie Villaraza

You are 40 steps away. Step back 40 steps all the way to easter. 40 steps to go back to Jesus.