Tropical Storm Yagi (Karding) struck the Philippines over the weekend, August 12, 2018, but it didn’t stop us from charging to the lovely city of Tagaytay for the Art of Marriage formation. Eight couples braved the heavy rain excited to receive the said formation. The activity started with a mass at 8am, followed by the first session on the Art of Marriage, and the Joy of Loving formation in the afternoon. Once the session began it was all excitement and awe as these couples were introduced to the origin and the reasons of marriage, and the challenges of (daily) love.
The formation ended with the sharing of the fruit of each couple. Many were helped by being reminded of the importance of dialogue between the couple. All eight couples promised to return to Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Tagaytay on August 26 and every last Sunday of the month thereafter for their monthly follow up session with the misioneras.
The Art of Marriage is part of the project of Verbum Dei Philippines in promoting its apostolic centers and retreat houses. Our next assignment will be at Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Banawa, Cebu on September 23, 2018, and in Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Pasig the month afterwards. Hope to see you there!
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Message from Lucía Herrerías Guerra, President FMVD
Dear Fraternity and entire FaMVD:
Within a few days, on June 25, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the departure of Jaime Bonet to full life with his beloved Trinity and Mary. I say well: we will celebrate, because it is the feast of eternal life that he always preached to us. On several occasions we heard him tell how in moments of difficulty, trial and desolation, he "went away" to coexist with those of heaven, where everything looked differently.
Throughout this year, we have experienced in different ways their new form of presence among us, and we have grown in the desire to know the spirituality we have received, to value and deepen the charism that has left us as an inheritance.
In the change of time that we live as Humanity, we have the task of learning to "look where Jaime looked" to reinterpret, guided by the Holy Spirit, the charisma and mission of the Verbum Dei responding to the signs of the times.
We celebrate the anniversary of Jaime in the context of the preparation of the Fifth Ordinary General Congress: there are many issues that concern us, many projects that we dream of, many challenges that we face. But also, our world and the reality of the Verbum Dei offers us many opportunities that we need to take advantage of, to launch ourselves to the mission with the freshness of the Gospel, driven by the constant renewing dynamism of the Holy Spirit.
In Siete Aguas, on June 24, we will celebrate a Thanksgiving Eucharist for the life of Jaime. On that day as well as on the 25th, surely in all the communities a commemorative activity will be organized, so that we will be united with the intimate bonds of Family, accompanied by all our brothers and sisters who are already in heaven: our ancestors, who they encourage us to walk towards the goal, without being discouraged, and getting up, if necessary, seven hundred times seven each day.
On June 24 - happy coincidence - is the solemnity of the birth of Saint John the Baptist, a beloved Saint of Jaime. We ask the forerunner to help us discern structures, methods and means in our mission, so that they have the thickness of their finger, and nothing in our life hides the Jesus we want to announce so that people meet Him and have Life.
Very united in prayer and mission, and that Jaime, from the bosom of the Trinity, does not stop orienting us on the way.
Lucía Herrerías Guerra
Last June 2 was a memorable day for Verbum Dei Pasig. It was a dream come true for eight couples from our neighbors and from the nearby barangays of our area as they received the Sacrament of Matrimony.
They tied the knots in the parish where we belong, San Agustin Parish, followed by a discrete but meaningful reception in our very own Apostolate Center. It was great to witness the couples who still believe in a life time commitment to each other and to raise their families rooted in the faithful love of God. They carry in their hearts the message of Jesus to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:).
This was actually the framework of their five Sundays formation that our Verbum Dei Couples
facilitated. We thank God for his faithfulness to these couples, and to the Verbum Dei disciples who
accompanied them in their journey, as well as the sponsors and benefactors, for their support made possible this dream come true!
See some photos of the event:
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“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Recently we had a formation entitled “Parenting Children of the Third Millennium”. Many say that parenting is a lifelong job, and yet, proper parenting is never really taught. When parents raise their children, they often struggle with discovering what the do’s and don’ts are. This is a reality that even young couples themselves are facing nowadays.
We were so privileged to have Yoyoy and Lucy, one of the Verbum Dei missionary couples, to give us the formation. Among the highlights were the importance of listening, memories and the beauty of discipline in handling our children. Listening is an active reaching out to another person’s attempt to express him or herself with all our antennae out. It is not just hearing words, in a passive way. Memories are the end product of parenthood; how much quality time we spent with our children matters most. And the beauty of discipline which lies in the parent-child relationship. Indeed parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world but the heart-melting moments make it worthwhile.
Oftentimes, we, parents, get so caught up with our responsibilities in raising our children that we sometimes compromise the quality of the relationship we build with them. As parents, we feel responsible and we want to raise our children right. We want them to become successful. Often we are afraid to make mistakes because we worry that these mistakes will stay with our kids forever. Many parents, like me, feel like the kind of upbringing we had needs to be altered for modern times. We attempt to learn to be better parents. We teach our children to share, say the magic words, proper behaviour in public places, right manners and so on…But is it really good enough? What kind of parents are we to our children?
In continuation to this formation, another followed entitled, “Mom + Dad + I = The True Team”. Ate Aida discussed different parenting styles. Are we authoritarian? Are we permissive? Or are we authoritative? Our parenting style greatly affects the behaviour and attitudes of our children. Authoritarian parents are aggressive, lack warmth and comfort, are hostile towards the child and harsh and rigid in their discipline. While being permissive is a mix of authoritarian and uninvolved parenting. It also means not setting expectations and being inconsistent with rules. Authoritative parenting is listening to their children’s point of view and taking it into account, having a structured and secure environment and setting high standards of behaviour and achievement for their children. The relationship we want with our children is possible when we teach them to be independent of us. When we give them wings, they can soar. Parenting is the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings. As with any risk, we have to take a leap of faith and ask lots of wonderful people for their help and guidance.
I thank the Verbum Dei Community for giving us such great formations which will help us in raising our children. And lastly, I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to be a parent.
Written by Ellen Siarza.
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Forty young people from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao gathered together for “Vocation Animation” held in Dahilayan, Bukidnon, Mindanao last May 26-27, 2018 to discover our purpose and vocation in life.
Our theme was "Be brave, be bold, be you!", where we discussed the process of disintegration that leads us away from our real identity and learned that vocation, is in fact, the secret of unity and integration of our whole life, seeing Christ as our maximum fulfillment.
We also tackled the big questions of the young people of today regarding chastity, simplicity and obedience, which is, we believe, the path that all of us are called to walk and live out. Talks and activities were given both by missionaries and young lay disciples of Verbum Dei Cebu and CDO.
We finished the camp feeling braver and more courageous about our vocation!
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On May 6, we held TGIM - "Thank God It's Monday," at the Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Pasig. Thirty-four participants of varying backgrounds learned and reflected on how spirituality and work can be integrated.
Sr Malou Tibayan gave the formation, inviting the participants to look at work from the perspective of God and to find Him present even in the seeming mundane-ness of everyday work. She also inspired the participants to view the workplace as a mission field where it is possible to serve God through the diligent and honest carrying out of responsibilities and through serving others. The participants also had the chance to share their experiences with one another.
In the afternoon there was a panel discussion where six Verbum Dei disciples with diverse work backgrounds served as panelists. Facilitated by Gerry Dumancas and Sr Adriana Haro, the participants engaged the panelists in Q&A to understand better how the teachings could be put into practice in real world settings. Many questions were asked and answered on handling difficult work situations, being Christian in a secular world, standing your ground on moral matters, and other things.
The Holy Eucharist concluded the activity as the congregation gave thanks to the Lord for the fruitful encounter.
The Verbum Dei Missionary Family in Manila-Pasig had a day recollection last May 20, 2018 at the Verbum Dei Apostolate Center, Pasig in celebration of Pentecost. With the theme “With Power from on High,” the participants were invited to live by the Spirit through a lively and spirit-filled day of activities.
The morning had Sister Adriana Haro start the day with guidelines on the Holy Spirit. She invited us to look at the state of the door of our hearts and to open it up to the Spirit, and to connect to God - the ultimate power bank of our spiritual needs.
This was followed by a workshop on the different Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Participants were divided into groups of about 10 members and each group was assigned to receive a formation on a specific gift. The groups were then tasked to prepare a collage of the fruit of their workshop. These were then shared later in the day so that the whole body of participants could have a glimpse of the fruits of each of the separate workshop as a whole.
The afternoon guidelines were given by Christel Mendoza, a lay disciple of Verbum Dei Manila-Pasig. She shared to us how to be faithful to the Spirit and so transform our realities.
In between each activity, participants were engaged by several dynamics and animation prepared to truly bring out the festive experience of Pentecost.
After a reflective sharing among the participants, the day’s activities were brought to a close with the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Fr. Bong Guinoo. And what a way to end the day, as in his homily, Fr. Bong continued to challenge the participants, to take that first courageous step to allow the Spirit to thus take action in our lives. Truly the call of the celebration was to live by the Spirit, not only for this day but for every day!
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The Lay Consecrated Missionaries (LCM) had their annual Spiritual Exercises
last May 12-18 at the Verbum Dei Center of Evangelization in Tagaytay attended by 4 LCMs with promises (2 from CDO, 1 from Cebu & 1 from Luzon) and 3 (from CDO) in their formation or the “Triennium Stage”.
The theme of the Spiritual of the Exercises was “Heirs of a Charism open to the dynamism of the Spirit”. It was a fruitful 7-day encounter with God, of
discovering, deepening and enjoying the beautiful gift of our Charism through the life and self-giving of our founder, Jaime Bonet and also to see the beauty and potentials of the LCMs reality in the VD family and in the different realities.
And as Heirs, we are called to “Fan into flame the gift that we received from God” (2 Tim 1:6) by living and sharing it to all peoples so the world may see the beauty of Christ through us.
GO and SEE!!! (see Mark 6:38) the treasure that is in our hands.
Go and see!!! the Charism of praying, preaching, testimony of life and forming apostles is the food that we can offer to the world.
“Give them something to eat yourselves!!!”
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