CDOWK deacon retreat.
1. Introduction: Fr. Jarrod Lies, history of priesthood is a history of new encounter with self as conformed to Christ
a. We are all baptized to be “alter Christus”
b. Obedience is the gift of one’s own freedom. It is the radical gift of self.
c. “Behold I come to do your will.” (Heb 10:9)
a. “Sacrifice or oblation you did not desire, rather a body you prepared for me.” (Heb 10:9; Ps 40:6)
b. St. Paul, “I drive my body and I train it for fear that having preached to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Cor 9:27) – fasting, sacrifice and exercise
a. “How good and pleasant it is when brother’s live in unity.” (Ps 133:1)
b. “As rocks in a bag lose their sharp edges, so do brothers form one another.”
c. Take on the smell of the sheep.
a. An Hour of exercise, an hour of prayer, an hour of study.
b. The pursuit of truth and beauty for the up building of the body of Christ.
a. the Christian paradigm - “Put on the mind of Christ.” - (1 Cor 2:16)
b. “Whatever to true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned, and seen and heard in me.” (Phil 4:8)
a. Christ rejoiced, Christ wept, Christ was perturbed, Christ was angry, Christ was blunt, Christ was peaceable.
b. Emotions are to preaching what air is to fire. For lack of air a fire dies, for too violent of air a fire is overwhelmed.
c. This is the “boldness” the “paresheia” of the Holy Spirit. (4:31)
a. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16)
b. “Remain in me and I will remain in you.” (John 15:4)
c. The privilege of baptism - the indwelling Trinity: Child of the Father, Brother of Jesus, Temple of the Holy Spirit.
d. The point of the ontological change- the locus of the new man to whom you will spend your whole life conforming.
a. With Pope Francis make your fundamental identity one of a sinner in need of conversion.
b. Until you “arrive at maturity unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph 4:13)
a. You laid down “alter Christus” you arose “in persona Christi servus/capitis”.
b. “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20)
c. The same power that was effective at the dawn of creation is effective in the Eucharist and was effective on you. Rely on that sacrament.
d. This will ensure that you will always be a fresh gift given to others. What you do sacramentally on the altar, you must be everyday in your vocation: a gift ontologically changed into Christ’s presence.
e. “May God who has begun this good work in you bring it to completion.” (Phil 1:6)