Recollection Materials

JULY 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda, The Abandoned Sick People

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / July 2, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Jn. 5:1-9. The crisis of COVID 19 has manifested, among other things, the fragility of the human being, his transitory nature and the boundaries of his existence. In a Promethean era like ours, an insignificant virus has brought to its knees the wisdom of a science that considers … Read more

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JUNE 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Beauty of Creation

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / May 27, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Psalm 104:1-2; 5-6; 10. 12-14; 24.31.35c. The beauty and the grandeur of God is imprinted in creation. All of it sings and acclaims the power and majesty of God. The Sacred Scriptures reminds us of it in many passages in which they attribute human characteristics to the elements … Read more

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MAY 2020 Recollection: Beheading of John the Baptist

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / April 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Mark 6:17-29. John the Baptist is not only the Precursor of the Lord, he is also the last prophet of the Old Testament or the first of the New Testament (cf. s. 293,2). His fiery words were announcing and denouncing. His diatribes against Herod brought him to prison, … Read more

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MARCH 2020 RECOLLECTION: The Poor Lazarus and the Foolish Rich

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / February 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Luke 16:19-31 One of the very impressive parables in the Gospel of St. Luke in that of the poor Lazarus and the “cruel” rich, as St. Augustine calls him (s. 299E,5 =s. Guelf, 30,5)). While this latter held a splendid banquet every day, the poor Lazarus, filled with … Read more

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RECOLLECTION for February 2020: JESUS AND THE LEPERS

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / January 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR St. Peter in the Acts of the Apostles made a summary of the life of Christ saying that “he went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). And that is true. There are many sick persons that we know in the Gospels … Read more

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RECOLLECTION FOR JANUARY: Jesus and the Sinful Woman

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / December 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Lk. 7:36-50. Our recollections for the year 2020 will move around the theme proposed by our Prior General and his Council for this year: “We are prophets of the Kingdom. Poor, social projects, periphery.” In each one of the recollections, in addition to the usual biblical and Augustinian … Read more

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Recollection for December: COMMUNION OF SAINTS

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / November 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR Hebr. 12:12-15, 18-19, 22-23. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Communion of Saints refers to the communion of the goods of the Church, because if we form only one body, the consequence is that the possession of one is shared with the others. It … Read more

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Recollection for November: COMMUNION WITH THE CHURCH

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / October 21, 2019 / 1 Comment

Translated by Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR 2 Cor. 9:6-15 Communion is not a mere theory. It must be manifested through gestures and concrete actions every day. St. Paul, conscious of being a member of the Body of Christ and living in communion with him, made a gesture of communion with the Church of Jerusalem. … Read more

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Recollection for October: COMMUNION IN THE MISSION

By Agustinos Recoletos / September 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Lk. 10:3-11 Communion is one of the great mysteries that every Christian lives and at the same time is a challenge: to be capable of building communion in our own community and be channels of collaboration in building up communion within the Body of Christ that is the Church. Every community that lives the intra-communitarian … Read more

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Recollection for September 2019: COMMUNION AND COMMUNICATION

By Agustinos Recoletos / August 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Lk. 10:38-42 Whoever accepts to be a disciple, is so because he desires to learn, because he has his heart open to listen and to welcome what the Master may say or do. The basic attitude of a disciple is to listen and to listen requires silence, serene and tranquil reception. The words of the … Read more

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