2024 年塞拉拉力赛以神父、主教、修女和塞拉同胞的演讲为特色

Mar 30, 2024

作者:Rachel Balducci

1 月 18 日至 20 日,来自四面八方的 Serrans 齐聚迈阿密,参加一年一度的 Serra 美国拉力赛,享受鼓舞人心的演讲、有趣的团契以及重新集中注意力和获得灵感的机会。 在董事会会议和委员会演讲中,是崇拜和弥撒的时间,包括多伦多的托马斯红衣主教柯林斯和斯波坎的托马斯戴利牧师的讲道。

在周五上午的欢迎辞中,即将卸任的美国塞拉总统迈克·唐尼(Mike Downey)提醒塞拉斯多元文化的天主教会,并确定了聚会的目标。

“告知、激励、点燃,”他说,“这就是这次集会的目的。 除了将热情带回每个俱乐部之外,迈克还补充说,集会的存在也是为了建立以基督为中心的友谊,前任主席格雷格·施维茨(Greg Schwitz)表示同意,并说“这就是秘诀!

迈阿密大主教托马斯·温斯基(Thomas Wenski)在周五的主题演讲中说,我们的呼吁是向耶稣展示他的真实面目,特别是向受即时满足和短暂兴趣影响的一代人展示他。 “许多美国年轻人害怕做出任何长期承诺,”他说,并补充说,如果人数要增长,就必须培养职业。 “在真正的个人关系中与主的亲密关系——如果你拥有这一点,你就会渴望与他在一起,与他共度时光。”

星期五下午,柯林斯枢机劝诫要保持希望和充满祈祷。 “我在哪里可以找到我需要的希望?我们沦为祷告! 柯林斯枢机补充说,我们需要希望,而不是乐观,来遵循上帝的旨意来建立教会。 “盼望是基于信仰的异象,在暴风雨中看到上帝的手,”他说。 “上帝赐予增加。”

周六上午的演讲以 Sr. 艾琳·里贾纳(Irene Regina),来自圣保罗和老的女儿们 玛格丽特·安(Margaret Ann)来自最神圣的圣心卡梅琳姐妹(Carmeline Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart)。 多年前,两姐妹一起打过一级篮球,然后各自辨别出对宗教生活的呼唤。 他们一直像好朋友一样保持联系,最近在迈阿密重新建立了联系。
“冷漠是年轻人最严重的疾病,”Sr说。 玛格丽特·安(Margaret Ann),由于她的习惯,她将自己描述为“耶稣的广告牌”。 “年轻人想要并且需要意识到上帝是真实的。”

姊妹俩都分享了世上对耶稣的渴望,有那么多的灵魂需要喂养。 他们鼓励我们记住马太福音9:38,“求庄稼的神差遣工人到他的庄稼地里去。 锶。 艾琳·里贾纳(Irene Regina)说,我们的洗礼使我们有能力在别人身上认出耶稣。 “因为我们的洗礼膏抹,我们才有眼睛看到那小小的火花!” 姊妹们鼓励塞兰人写信、发短信,并提供鼓励的话语,以“友好和交朋友”。

“在我们的社会中,孤独感非常猖獗,”Sr.说。 玛格丽特·安。 “我们的年轻人需要你——请在你的教区活跃起来。他们需要你,他们需要你的爱,他们需要你成为与基督之心的联系。 多年前听到这个消息特别令人感动,Sr. 玛格丽特·安(Margaret Ann)直接受到塞兰(Serran)捐款的影响,这帮助她进入了修道院。

文化外展副总裁杰西·加拉戈斯(Jesse Gallagos)谈到了将塞拉推广到各种天主教文化社区的方法。 “我们需要接近他们,让他们为圣召祈祷,”杰西说。 他鼓励塞兰斯专注于三件事:祈祷、多样性和如何与人接触。 “这个世界没有职业问题,它有一个承诺问题。”

在整个集会期间,也不断受到鼓励,要求师父派遣更多的工人。 正如一位小组成员所说,“耶稣带着怜悯和爱心看着。庄稼丰收,但劳动者少。求庄稼的主人给我们多派些工人来吧!

神父 迈阿密总教区圣召主任马修·戈麦斯(Matthew Gomez)感激地鼓励塞兰斯继续支持圣召。 “培养圣召是整个基督徒的责任,”他说。 “圣灵是一个机会主义者——这一切都始于有人有勇气问’你有没有想过一个职业’。

塞拉,现在比以往任何时候都更重要。

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