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82 Parishioners Attended Parish Lenten Recollection

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In observance of the Lenten season, Santuario Eucaristico held its Parish Lenten Recollection at COA function hall, Carmen Cagayan de Oro City on March 29, 2013. The whole-day activity was facilitated by Fr. Harold Anthony S. Parilla. There were about 82 parishioners who responded to the call of God in gracing the said event, and I am happy I was one of those who said yes.

The recollection served as a springboard of God’s invitation to renewal of one’s self. Strong points were highlighted which guided us as we reflected on our past, journeyed back to the present and meditated on the future. Moreover, everything that happened in the recollection was directed towards assisting us to reflect and pray.

GOD IS LOVE – This humble yet striking reminder led us to a deeper and closer communion with God. Fr. Harold commenced the 1st session of the recollection by emphasizing some overwhelming characteristics of God’s love. He mentioned three: God’s love is faithful, forgiving, and fruitful. As His daughters and sons, we are all heartened to bear the kind of love that He has for all of us. It may seem difficult but it is possible.

The Ten Resolutions to Newness by Pope Francis guided us in our prayer and reflection during the second session.

  1. Do not gossip.
  2. Finish your meals.
  3. Make time for others.
  4. Choose the “more humble” purchase.
  5. Meet the poor in the flesh.
  6. Stop judging others.
  7. Befriend those who disagree.
  8. Make commitments.
  9. Make it a habit to “ask the Lord”.
  10. Be happy.

These “Papal resolutions” seem ordinary and simple, but these should not be taken for granted. It is in simple and little things or acts that we experience true joy in our hearts. In many ways, God is giving us an invitation to newness, and we can only respond to it if we make an effort to listen and start taking small acts for the least.

A conversation deeply rooted in faith — after the two sessions, we were all engaged in a spiritual conversation in small groups. It was an exercise of trust, openness, and willingness to learn and to teach. It was also a means of sharing our personal experiences as well as hearing others’ experiences without judgment. This was God’s way of telling us how He works in all aspects of our lives.

Truly, we found great joy in our hearts. We were called by God to be there and we were blessed. As they say, “A good recollection does two things: It makes us look back and raise deep questions about ourselves, and it helps us hear the Lord’s invitation to renewal.”

God’s Invitation

We have already reflected and prayed on God’s invitation to newness that He has given us. What about you? Come and be with God on April 12, Saturday for another lenten recollection. He is sending you an invitation. Make time for Him, be with Him, and say yes to Him.

Stena Stoon

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