I have been attending the Second National Congress of the Clergy since Monday, 25 January, 2010. It is rather a very impressive assembly of 5, 500 priests from all over the Philippines. Rev. Fr. Raniero Cantalamesa, OFM Cap., Preacher to the Papal Household, gave the conferences. The conferences were meditations on the Pentecost event as, according to Fr. Cantalamesa, the first need of the Church is the Holy Spirit, so is He also the first need of the priesthood. "The priesthood needs a perennial Pentecost." The emphasis of the talks was the relationship of the Holy Spirit and the priests. This relationship is important because it was only when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit did they emerge from the cenacle as changed men. The same Holy Spirit is the one who transforms priests and configures them to Christ, the High Priest.
Pray for priests most especially during these days so that the National Congress may truly be a spiritual event, a venue for authentic renewal of the clergy!