Philippines: Pauline Family Annual Retreat 2009 (2)

From Sunday, July 12 to Friday, July 17, 2009, the second group of the Pauline Family gathered for a joint Spiritual Exercises at the Carmelite Missionaries Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City. The group was composed of 14 SSP priests and brothers, 6 FSP, 19 PDDM, 9 SGBP and Fr. Joey Tuazon, a postulant of the IJP.

As in the first group, Sr. Elena Bosetti, SGBP gave all the inputs on the theme of Galatians 4:19: “My Children, With Whom I am Again in Labor Until Christ is Formed in You". The five days were spent mostly in silence, and listening to Sr. Elena who explained with such clarity and passion the letter of Paul to the Galatians. Her own reflections inspired us to pray with the Word in spirit of joy, praise and thanksgiving to God. 

We celebrated the Eucharist everyday at 11:00 in the morning and took our meals together.  We had the joy of spending intimate moments with the Master before the Eucharist at 6:00 pm.  The Vespers were led by the PDDM.  Wednesday afternoon was another privileged moment of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. From 8 PM of Thursday until 7 AM of Friday, we took turns in making the nocturnal adoration.  On the last day, Friday we celebrated a votive Mass for St. Paul. 
Once more we affirmed our oneness as a FAMILY during those five days.  Primo Maestro must be very happy to see us, his sons and daughters united in echoing our praise and thanksgiving to God who, indeed has done marvelous deeds to us during our encounter with Him in silence, prayer and fellowship.

We returned to our respective communities physically and spiritually invigorated with zeal to share the love of the Master and communicate Him to all with renewed commitment.


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