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Conference on the Diaconate
Christ's Supreme Priesthood - 11-03-17 Marian Retreat
How precious it is to offer up a sacrifice to God, a "sacrifice of praise" (Psalm 49:14). This is the first conference, given at a Marian Retreat, during the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima (Ashurst-Southampton 11 March 2017), deals with the importance and necessity of man’s cooperation in the work of Salvation. In order to deepen this necessity it is important to know what Jesus did for us to rescue us from sin and perdition. Christ is the Supreme High Priest, not in the lineage of Aaron but according to Melckisedek, and offered once and for ever the sacrifice of his own body. Christ says: "Here I am o Lord to do your will” (Psalm 39-.8-9). He learned the obedience from the suffering he had to endure, as the Epistle to the Hebrews says (cf. 5:8-10). Christ offered the sacrifice of salvation: He gave up Himself on the altar of his Cross. So He became the only and supreme Mediator between God and man, the High Priest of our reconciliation with God.
Our Participation in Christ's Prieshood and Our Lady of Fatima - 11-03-17 Marian Retreat
This is a second conference during the Marian Retreat. Here we draw all conclusions from the beautiful theology of Christ’s unique priesthood. Christ redeemed us by shedding his Blood for us and by giving up to God the Father his Body. His Body is the sacrifice of adoration to God, of praise and communion. Sacrifice is not a word "politically incorrect” in the modern religious sensitivity. Sacrifice is something great: it means to do something sacred (from Latin 'sacra-facere'). When we offer a sacrifice we do something for God, we offer something to God in order to adore Him, to praise His name and to be in communion with Him. Christ offered the only sacrifice acceptable to God. We too in Christ are called to offer ourselves and so to cooperate with Christ to our subjective redemption and to the redemption of all mankind. With St Paul we are called to "fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church” (Col 1:24), and to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, our reasonable service (cf Rom 12:1). Precisely this Our Lady of Fatima asked for: to offer ourselves as a sacrifice in order to contribute with Her in the necessary work of co-redemption for the salvation of many. Our Lady told the three little Shepherds, in July 13th 1917: "Sacrifice yourselves for sinners; and say often when you make some sacrifice, 'My Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."