I'm writing to you from Tucson, Arizona. This is my third day of retreat at Redemptorist Renewal Center. The auxiliary bishop of Chicago, Alberto Rojas, is the presenter and spiritual guide during this week. His is been presentation is on "Created in the image and likeness of God and chosen to serve." Some of the topics he has addressed are: a) Father (Alex), you're a beloved child of God b) Father (Alex), you're a sign and instrument of conversion ( unity) c) Father (Alex), you are an instrument of the Holy Spirit.
One of the things that I want to share with you is a phrase that l heard during the second talk, that is: "before we are good leaders, we need to be good followers. "Meditating on this makes me aware that I need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to share it with you. Just as the law of nature says, "nothing can give what it doesn't have." This also means that from time to time I need to refresh my mind and rest my body in order to be healthy and offer more of myself to you all.
This retreat is a good opportunity to rejuvenate, refresh, meditate, and pray. I've been thinking about you too and praying for you! May the Holy Spirit continue guiding and keeping us in the right path.
Fr. Alex Ureña