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A discernment weekend organized by the Verbum Dei Missionary Couples branch (Philippines-Australia)
Various couples from the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), USA, and Australia joined an on-line Verbum Dei Married couples discernment weekend on Sept 19-20, 2020. The theme was “Extend your Love” and the different moments included talks, times of prayer, testimonies, dynamics and sharing, formations about discernment and projects of life, and the Holy Mass.
The various participants enjoyed to discover more about the Married couples branch in the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, as well as the difference between married couples in the Verbum Dei Missionary Family. The couples were also reminded that when the Lord wants to entrust a mission to us, he prepares us to do it well, and our response must be a process of purification, a process of discernment, a process of obedience, a process of prayer (Homily, Pope Francis).
The invite to “extend your love” arises from the call in the prophet Isaiah (54:2): “Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your stakes. For you shall spread abroad to the right and to the left; Your descendants shall dispossess the nations and shall people the desolate cities.” It is a call from the Lord for the couples to extend their hearts, to extend the boundaries of their immediate family to embrace countless children of God who are wandering around without a true knowledge of who they are, or what their life is for.
Resti and Cecilia, a couple participant from Luzon shared:
“I have the fruits of peace and joy. I am inspired by the generous landowner who never tires of reaching out, and sharing that great love. I want to respond to that love” Resti
“To say “yes” is an act of trusting God. We feel called to go through the one-year discernment. We have a great appreciation for Verbum Dei and the journey ahead.” Cecilia
With thanks to the WordNews team
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