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For the Academic Year 2014-2015, the annual retreat of ICLA students was held on August  25-29, 2014 with Fr. Antonio Egiguren, OFM as the retreat master.

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The Retreat Master:

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Fr. Antonio Egiguren, OFM is from Bidegoian, Basque Country, Spain. He is a widely traveled Franciscan priest, having lived in various countries in Asia (Korea, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Philippines), Canada and Europe. He is a professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (or Louvain) in Belgium as well as in other Catholic Universities and Institutes in Europe and Asia, including ICLA.

Fr. Egiguren holds a doctoral degree in Theology (KU Leuven) and masteral degrees in Mission and Interreligious Studies as well as Christian Ethics (St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada) and Pastoral Theology (KU Leuven).

Apart from Bask, his mother language, Fr. Egiguren speaks Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, and Chinese.

 

The Theme: 

The theme of the retreat is inspired by Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) – the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. “The JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.” EG#1

 

The Time-table:

In his overview on the first day of the retreat, Fr. Antonio said, “Since ICLA is the Institute for Consecrated Life in Asia, most of the students are religious men and women. Having that in mind, I wanted that this week could be a religious experience. As religious, their life is structured around prayer. PRAYER is one of the most important pillars of religious life. The Church has envisioned the Divine Office (Divine Work) as the most important work for religious men and women.” Lay people, especially pastoral workers, also need to grow in their prayer life. The Liturgy of the Hours is not only for the clergy and the religious but also for lay people.

Based on the Divine Office, the retreat was divided into 5 “holy moments” for community/group prayer:

  1. Morning Prayer (Lauds)
  2. Midday Prayer integrated within the Eucharistic Celebration
  3. Office of the Readings
  4. Evening Prayer (Vespers)
  5. Night Prayer (Compline)

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Daily Themes:

The five-day retreat revolved around the following themes:

Day 1:  Living experience of an encounter with Jesus

Day 2:  Living experience of an encounter with Jesus in Community

Day 3:  Living experience of an encounter with Jesus in History

Day 4:  Living experience of an encounter with Jesus in the poor

Day 5:  Living experience of an encounter with Jesus and Mission

 

The Retreat Master gave two conferences—one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  In these conferences he quoted some excerpts from Evangelii Gaudium related to the theme of the day. Again, in the Office of Readings, selected excerpts were added to the Scripture reading of each day.

The retreat was also structured in such a way that several hours were given for personal prayer and reflection. It was indeed inspiring to observe many of the students praying in the chapel, in the prayer rooms and in the garden. Silence was also observed to keep the prayerful atmosphere in the campus during the five-day retreat. There was also time given for spiritual accompaniment/consultations and confession in between the scheduled activities.

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Gratitude:

Ms. Menchie Rojas, CARES Coordinator, and Ms. Lettie Taberdo, member of the CARES Team, are very grateful to all those who have helped in the preparations for the retreat and in the various services during the retreat to make it as prayerful and fruitful as possible. A special mention goes to the Vietnamese group that prepared the artistic and beautiful flower arrangements

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In 2005, Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, delivered a very inspiring speech entitled How to live before you die. Reading their stories, I recognized that the Vietnamese martyrs really knew how to live before they died. To be more exact, each chose to live out the life of an evangelist, and that of a witness.

The Vietnamese martyrs are, first of all, evangelists. They were of different backgrounds and social status—lay people, army officers, soldiers, bishops, priests, semimarians, old and young, men and woman—but they all tried to bring the Word of God to others. In fact, they were so enthusiastic about bringing the Word of God to others that even when they were arrested and sentenced to death, they still looked for every single chance to tell others about God.

For example, when they were imprisioned, Fathers Federich Te and Liciniana Dau always tried to talk about God to others. As a result, before their deaths, they would baptize 100 people. Flowers amazingly bloomed in the midst of ruins.

Another example, Bishop Tuan was in a cell which was so small that he could not stand erect or stretch his feet when lying down. Nevertheless, he talked about God to a son of an officer, and eventually baptized him. Interestingly, through his sacrifice, God produced a very good fruit for the Vietnamese church.

One more story, at the post where he was to die, Fr. Nguyen Van Tu asked for permission to say some words before being executed. Taking advantage of this precious chance, he talked about Jesus, about salvation, and about the love of brotherhood for almost one hour.

There were many more martyrs who tried to evangelize even before their own deaths. However, the above stories are enough to show us how important evangelization was for the Vietnamese martyrs. That was the reason why a lot of people joined the Vietnamese church even when it was being severely persecuted.

However, when I read these stories, I asked myself the following questions: How could the Vietnamses martyrs win the hearts of the prision keepers so that they could manage to talk about God to others even while they were imprisioned? How could they attract others to listen to them when they knew how tenuous talk of God was to everyone? And especially how could they make non-Catholics believe that Catholicism is a right and good religion? How could this happen when the king and his entourage thought that Catholic is such a bad religion and were trying to destroy it? How could the Vietnamese martyrs convince anyone to be Catholics when the converts knew they would probably be killed?

The only answer for all these questions is that the Vietnamese could do these impossible deeds because they had been wonderful witnesses to God before talking about him. They lived out the Word of God so beautifully that their lives became magnets for others. Some examples can be mentioned here:

A priest named Vu Ba Loan led such a good a life that even the local governor loved him. He said to our beloved priest: “I see that you are so good a person that I want to be your close friend. However, since you were sentenced to death, I can not do as I desire. But I will offer you a good coffin to show my love and respect to you.”

Another example, Saint Nam Quynh always had something for the poor. He even borrowed money and rice to give to the poor. He said: “I have never seen any one become poor just because he helps the poor.”

Last but not least, Saint Dich, a lay minister, visited the lepers in that area very often. He even brought some of them to his house and took care of them. Remember that lepers at that time were shunned by their very own parents, husbands, wives and children. But our beloved saint brought them home to care for them. I can tell you many more stories about how the Vietnamese martyrs were witnesses to God in their lives. Their lives spoke about God more attractively, more convincingly than their words.

In summary, the Vietnamese martyrs not only tried to take every single moment to talk about God, but they also constantly gave witness to God through their good lives; and their deaths are the summit of this passionate witnessing. Death itself is meaningless. It is life that makes death meaningful. The Vietnamese martyrs are models for how to lead our life: a life that is totally for God and for others. Nowadays, we are talking a lot about the new evangelization. Hopefully, the stories about the Vietnamese martyrs inspire us in this new phase of witnessing to God. Steve Jobs concluded his speech as follows: “Go hungry! Go crazy!” The life and death of the Vietnamese martyrs also teach: Go hungry for God’s glory! Go crazy for God’s glory! Vietnamese martyrs, please pray for us, so that we can live like you. Amen.

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