Herds of representatives from the 69 Parishes of the Diocese of Novaliches took part in the Commission on Faith In Formation’s Diocesan Pentecost Recollection held in St. Paul Shrine within Casa Milan, Quezon City last June 3, 2017.
Before the recollection proper, Commission on Faith In Formation Director and St. Paul Shrine Administrator Msgr. Jesus Romulo C. Rañada informally oriented participants on the morning’s activities. Diocesan Mission Animation Ministry Director Rev. Fr. Cesar da Silva, SX presided the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, which created a solemn atmosphere that was needed for a successful and fruitful recollection.
Rev. Fr. Manoling Fracisco, S.J. was afterwards presented by Commission on Faith In Formation Program Coordinator Sr. Emelina Villegas, CM through an interesting synopsis of his vocation story.
Fr. Francisco’s recollection involved a two-part talk on the salvific mission of Jesus Christ and the role of the Holy Spirit in strengthening the faith of Christians, respectively entitled, “Christ The Redeemer, Holy Spirit The Life-Giver” and “The Action Of The Holy Spirit In Bringing To Greater Unity The Body Of Christ”.
He also talked about the Saving Cross and Anselm, who said that “atonement is a human work as it satisfies human debt, yet this work of such infinite value can only have God as the agent”. Post-Anselm Soteriology says that the salvation is focused on the work of Christ—what He has done for Christians through the Cross.
However, he said the Early Christian Fathers believed that redemption has already been achieved through a personal union with God—a union that begins with Jesus. The implication of this belief is that redemption begins with the Incarnation and not just simply in the Cross and Resurrection.
So, what, therefore, saves?
As per Fr. Manoling, the entire Christ-Event is salvific. The importance of the salvific mission of Jesus Christ is that Christians were born again into a new life by the Risen Lord through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The recollection ended with the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist led by the Most. Rev. Antonio Tobias, Bishop of Novaliches, and members of his Clergy who were present. (~Jolo Tan)