Allocutios are very important in the life of the Legion. Why is it important for us?
Well,first thing if we take the Allocutio, it is a speech given by the Centurion or by
some officer in the Roman Legion. It is to encourage the soldier to fight or to do
what they need to do for Caesar. For us Legionaries the Allocutio is the time when
we get to focus, when we get out formation as legionaries to move forward in this
battle for Our Lady. Hence, the Allocutio is an important and integral part of our
meeting. That is why the Allocutio can never be left out but I think there is something
that we all need to reflect in our own meetings.
Some of you are lucky- your Spiritual Directors come for your meetings and your Spiritual
Directors give you some spiritual nourishment. Some of you are not so lucky.
Then, what do you all do? I noticed that some of you will just read from the Senatus Bulletin…
very cursory, just rushing through the bulletin or certain parts of the bulletin.
I think that is no enough. I think you need to reflect. If you are giving the Allocutio
i.e. if you are the President or if you are one of the officers giving the Allocutio, you
need to prepare a little bit more rather than just reading through (from the Senatus Bulletin).
Or when you have time, you can prepare something short to help your members to be better
legionaries and to be better Christians. Because if you reflect those who have Spiritual
Directors or even the old legionaries in the old days-when you begin to understand your
faith a little bit more, that’s when you can give a little bit more.
But if you don’t have anything, what can you give? How can we go into battle if we don’t
have bullets? So, the Allocutio is the time when we gain some knowledge, some nourishment
for our faith or some better understanding of the Legion.
My Allocutio today is about Allocutio that needs you to do something more than what you
are doing if you are just reading from the bulletin. My request is first, if the
Curiae can discuss or come up with some ideas, and then at Senatus this can be further discussed.
Then the Legion here in Singapore can be then a force because we are Christians who are
formed, who have more knowledge than others and are able to assist in the evangelizing
efforts not only to the non-Christians but also to evangelize to our own Catholics.
I think this is something that we all have to look on our own, the way we are form as legionaries
in our Allocutio. This is the effort that we all have to try to be a little bit more different
in the future. This is my wish for all of you that we can try to do better as legionaries. Amen