What struck me about the prayer vigil last night is the recitation of the evening prayer. This is not new to the Neocatechumenal Way. During our annual retreat, we recite the morning and evening prayers. During our monthly convivience, we always start with the morning prayer. For the older communities, we also pray the Liturgy of the Hours and have Sunday morning prayers. A family that prays together stays together. This is also true with God's family. Last night, I saw people from different organizations there. They came in uniform wearing the same tee-shirts. My community was also there scattered in different pews.
There were many people at the prayer vigil last night. It was also beautiful to see Father Jeff and Father Lito take their oaths of fidelity. The church last night consisted of people walking in the Way and people who are not walking in the Way as well as people in different organizations of the Catholic Church. Archbishop Hon's homily was a bit difficult to hear due to the poor acoustics or was it a problem with the microphone. At any rate, I was able to catch most of what he says. His homily inspired many Catholics to trust the hierarchy of the Church, which includes the Pope and Bishops. Peace and unity reigns in God's Church with those who have Christ in them. Last night, I was able to see that peace and unity with the many different Catholic organizations and laypeople together in prayer.