Recollection Materials

Recollection Material – MAY 2023 Together in Solidarity and Compassion

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / May 1, 2023 /

Mt. 9: 35-38.           Some specialists remind us that the great diffusion of Christianity in the first centuries was due, among other things, to the charity that the communities showed to the poorest and under privileged of society. Faced with a pagan society marked with cruelty, Christianity brought in a great dosage of humanity, mercy…

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Recollection Material – April 2023 TOGETHER IN PRAYER

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / April 1, 2023 /

Mt. 18:18-20. An essential element in the life of every Augustinian Recollect is PRAYER. Imitating St. Augustine and the first Recollects, we acknowledge that “Just as our target is the love of God, so our principal care must be all that will light our way more clearly to it” (FV 1, 1), and the long…

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Recollection Material – March 2023 TOGETHER IN FRATERNITY

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / March 1, 2023 /

PHIL. 2:1-5 One of the first writers  of the Augustinian family, Jordan of Saxony, commented in his work Vitasfratrum (Lives of the Brothers) that St. Augustine had founded his religious Order following the idea of the community, or rather, the same author points out, on the idea of communion. In fact we, the Augustinian Recollects…

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Recollection Material – February 2023 “TOGETHER IN FIDELITY”

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / February 1, 2023 /

Hosea 2:21-22 In the Old Testament, God presents himself as the faithful God, face to face with the human being who is inconstant and unfaithful. He is a God who has given his word and who does not change despite the circumstances. In fact in the many synagogues of the world, the phrase from Is.…

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Recollection Material – January 2023 “TOGETHER” IN FOLLOWING”

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / January 5, 2023 /

Jn. 1:35 – 42.           Upon beginning a new year, we begin a new theme for our monthly recollections. In view of the fact that the word chosen for the general government for this year is “TOGETHER” , the same shall serve as the hinge to direct the diverse reflections of our recollections. We have…

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Synodality in the Pastoral Action of the Community: Structures of Communion

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / November 4, 2022 /

Recollection Material – November 2022 Phil. 2: 1 – 5. Synodality is not only an interesting idea or that is of fashion, but is communion put into action and as such, it requires a series of structures to accomplish it in every pastoral context. If synodality can be defined as dialogue, discernment and co-responsibility, it…

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Recollection Material – October 2022: SYNODALITY AND SOCIAL DIAKONIA

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / September 30, 2022 /

Lk. 10:29 – 37.           If we walk the road together (etymological meaning of synodality), then we serve together, i.e., we seek to fulfill the διακονία of love in community.  And this is an element we cannot be careless about in the measure that we go in depth on synodality.           The horizon of all…

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Recollection Material – September 2022: PASTORAL CO-RESPONSIBILITY

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / August 31, 2022 /

LAYMEN AND PASTORS CO-RESPONSIBLE IN MISSION Mt. 20:1 – 16.           Synodality is nothing more than communion put into action. The Ecclesiology of Communion, at the background of the synodal process, reminds us that we all form part of the Body of Christ, of the People of God, that journeys through this world toward the…

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Recollection Material – August 2022: COMMUNITARIAN DISCERNMENT

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / August 1, 2022 /

Lk. 14:28 – 33           In the measure that we advance in the life of faith, we notice that personal discernment becomes a necessity, in making decisions that bring us closer to God and removes us farther from sin, i.e., from deceit, hatred, injustice, spiritual worldliness et.. To discern is a fundamental aspect of our…

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Recollection Material – July 2022: DIALOGUE a style of EVANGELIZATION

By Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR / June 24, 2022 /

1 Jn. 1:1-5.           Today we live in the era of communications. A glimpse at our surroundings is enough to convince us of the advances made in this field. In all sides we are surrounded with the traditional networks of communication, as do the new social networks. But to communicate is not the same as…

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