The Verbum Dei community in Cebu had a 2 day Advent retreat, in preparation for Christmas, led by Br Darwin, Aida (LCM) and Fr James. The retreat was held in our Apostolate Center in Banawa, a beautiful and quiet space, not far from the city center. Going up Good Shepherd road, not a smooth road, reminds us of our life journey, sometimes rocky and with holes, in need of Christ’s coming to fill us and direct us with His Life.
With the Theme, "The Word becomes flesh...in us" (cf. Jn 1:14), we were invited to prepare ourselves for this Christmas season, with the light of some biblical people: Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist and the Shepherds in Bethlehem, as they also expected the coming of Christ.
The retreat gave me the space to listen to God’s Word and enlightened me on how to live it out in my every day journey. I found particularly helpful the prayer with Mary and Joseph: the invitation to spend time to Listen to God, to obey and totally abandon myself to Him, learning from them to have a pure and humble heart, an open and selflessness trust that God fulfils His Promise. Knowing that all good things come from God, I can share His Word to others, not because I hold a degree, but because He calls me to be at His service. What God requires of me is my YES, my total commitment in the certainty that God will do the rest!! (Cynthia)