Retreatants and Retreat Guides. (Entrance row seated LR) Edicio M. Faller, Abraham P. Arocha, Sevelyn J. Escuadro, Roy Cresencio Linao Jr, Ian Clark R Parcon. (Standing, from left) Mary Ann Mendoza, Charmane B. Into, Anna Liza A. Saus, Cynthia Jane G. Villanueva, Eileen C. Rotante, Apple G. Alvarez, Liza R. Lao
Apple Alvarez and Gina Dela Cruz, Faculty Nurse
Ma’am Liza Lao
WHEN the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Workplace (ISFO) of Ateneo de Davao College jogged my memory of my scheduled time for silence, prayer, and reflection two weeks in the past, I didn’t consider canceling it to beat work deadlines and attend to different commitments. I stated this was the one alternative to have a quiet time away from the town, pampering my coronary heart and soul.
So, the second once I arrived at St. Ignatius Spirituality Middle (SISC), Barangay ADECOR, Kaputian, Island Backyard Metropolis of Samal, Davao del Norte final January 10, 2023, I felt the dancing seashore welcoming me and the contemporary air embracing me , reminding me how life is so good. I spotted that if we simply select to not be involved with work deliverables and luxuriate in solitude with God, we are able to really feel in our hearts the abundance of God’s love.
And the plenary classes for enter enlightened me that God didn’t ever go away me however as a substitute listened to all my prayers. I beloved the story about blind Bartimaeus calling for Jesus whereas within the crowd, believing that Jesus would heal him. Though the folks round tried to silence him, he remained to name Jesus. This has moved me; certainly, when chasing powerful after God, we should not take note of the gang; we should not let anybody silence us.
However what’s so fulfilling is to take heed to myself sharing how God works in my life in the course of the religious dialog, which I’ve did not do for years. Oh, I used to be so busy doing tedious duties, however I didn’t notice that God was serving to me to complete them. God offers me the power to get up at 4 o’clock within the morning and be at school earlier than seven day-after-day. God offers me the eagerness for working tougher once I virtually quit. It’s God that lifts me once I fail.
Way more fulfilling is to take heed to my coworkers’ sharing their encounters. It isn’t true after we assume God has forsaken us as a result of we expertise many struggles. Generally we predict God is unfair. However I used to be ashamed of God once I heard my coworkers in the course of the religious dialog in small teams and fruitful sharing. Ahh…I assumed I had the worst expertise, not realizing that others even have dangerous and unhappy encounters.
And I felt that God was beside us whereas we have been sharing. The holy spirit touches our souls to open our hearts and share our burdens with the group and the way God has saved us. We have now realized that our struggles differ, we cry much less or extra, however God has by no means forsaken us. It’s true that we have now goals and needs that till now stay a dream, however God all the time has a purpose to delay them as a result of God has a plan for us finest than what we’re asking. So, we have to be devoted and permit God to work on us.
Sure, the two-day in a single day recollection pampered my soul and is unforgettable. We have been so drained; some slept after we have been on the bus going to SISC. However whereas departing SISC, I heard some hoping the recollection didn’t finish so quick. Oh, I really feel the identical. Thanks a lot to our retreat guides, Ma’am Liza Lao, and Ma’am Mary Ann Mendoza; with out you two, we couldn’t have realized the “blind Bartimaeus” in us. Oh, I hope the ten retreatants and our caring retreat guides will meet once more to share about our triumphs in pursuing God even when issues get in our means. Look after a espresso?