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The Word is made flesh in us (cf. John 1:14)
What does a recollection, a commitment and a party have in common? All three require an attendance of ‘flesh’.
Indeed, last December 8, quite a number of Verbum Dei disciples from Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon spent an entire day of recollection preceding their promise of commitment to the Verbum Dei charism. It was a day confirming the invitation of silence and listening to the Word, spending time and allowing the flavor of the Word of God to soak into our lives.
The highlight of the recollection explained the four reasons of why the Word became flesh – to save all of humanity, to show the reality of God’s love, to become a model to show us the way, and to make us partakers of the divine nature. For these reasons, it is also essential of us to become Christ-like in the world of today.
James McTavish, FMVD, celebrated the mass to conclude the recollection, and then witnessed the installation and acceptance of a number of new disciples into the charism. Other disciples also had their renewal of promises both in stable and in time-based commitments. A simple Christmas celebration proceeded after the mass and ceremony and so everyone left the venue with full stomach and hearts and souls filled with Christ’s presence.
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a meaningful celebration… from your Verbum Dei Missionary Family in Mindanao!
With thanks to Rey, Flor and the WordNews team
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