The second day of the National Oblate Youth Encounter started off without a hitch despite the extremely hot weather. One of our groups, led by Husharn Duggan, facilitated our morning prayer focusing on the Resurrection of Christ. It involved each person removing a handful of sand from a large bowl until a crucifix was revealed demonstrating how Christ can be revealed to us in our own lives. The prayer was followed by a stellar talk, given by Roshali Lokuge, focusing on the second part of our theme, becoming Christians. Roshali shared deeply about her own personal journey of faith and demonstrated how each of us can grow in our relationship with Christ and how this makes us Christians.
The rest of the day saw discussion groups being had, candles being painted, a variety of workshops presented and even enough time for a dip in the pool to cool off from the scorching heat. After dinner, the Oblate Youth of Australia gathered for the sacrament of Reconciliation and we were blessed to have seven Oblate priests to help us. Some of the youth helped us prepare for reconciliation through a dramatised examination of conscience and Fr Michael Twigg spoke to us about the beauty of the sacrament and the greatness of God’s mercy. Following a beautiful and reflective session, the youth pulled out their competitive spirits for a games and quiz night.
We are thankful that a cool change come in the early evening and it cooled down for everyone to have a good night’s sleep. We shall see you all tomorrow!
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