Becoming what we are meant to be

October 22, 2013

di-noiaLast month’s Orange County Prayer Breakfast in California featured Abp Augustine DiNoia OP as the keynote speaker.  His talk was entitled “Becoming Like Christ: How the Liturgy Shapes Our Lives.”  However, don’t allow the title to mislead you into thinking that this is a discussion of the rubrics, format or other details of the Eucharistic liturgy.  In this tremendous presentation, he teaches us — in truly Dominican style — the meaning of life and how the liturgy in general is our guide to our fulfillment: to become like Jesus.

What a brilliant teacher Abp DiNoia is!!  He adeptly employs analogies to make his points more understandable.  He appropriately cites examples from the saints and references to popes.  As a true Dominican, he doesn’t fail to mention the rosary.  At times, he speaks with a controlled but intense passion which drew me in and engaged my heart.  The charismatic in me appreciated his enthusiastic reference to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (around the 24:00 to 25:00 minute mark).  Underlying all this is his effective use of Sacred Scripture.  Very inspiring!  You’ll surely find much in this talk to reflect on in your prayer time and beyond.