At the beginning of his homily, Archbishop Yllana, referring to the anniversary of Mother Julia’s Baptism, stressed the significance and the importance of Baptism: “Baptism is the watershed that divides purely earthly life, which is necessarily destined to die, and the "splendor of glory" to which the children of God are called. This truth enables me to understand that one of the profound intuitions of your charism is precisely that your call to holiness or sanctification in the Church is rooted in baptism. With this in mind today, we remember the anniversary of Mother Julia’s baptism 25 years after her death.”
Further on in his homily he shared with us the following invitation: “Especially in this land, holy and complex, where the Catholic apostolate is faced with so many limitations and challenges, I ask you to testify that the main thing, to collaborate in the redemption of Christ, is not ‘to do’, but ‘to be’. Remember what St. Pope Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Letter at the beginning of the Second Millennium, entitled ‘Novo Millennio Ineunte’: ‘Ours is a time of continual movement which often leads to restlessness, with the risk of ‘doing for the sake of doing’. We must resist this temptation by trying ‘to be’ before trying ‘to do’” (NMI, N.15). The first and most precious work remains personal sanctification and the adoration of God. This is why I invite you to continue and persevere in the practice of Eucharistic adoration, already dear to you: by kneeling, we return to the essentials of our life.”
After Mass everyone was invited for a reception in the garden.
To all who contributed, in one way or another, to the beautiful liturgy and to the family atmosphere, we say a heartfelt “THANK YOU”.