Bangladeshs’ Day

At the beginning of the Euntes course the participants are given a ‘Proposed Guide for Country’s Creative Presentation’.Main Purpose of the Presentation: To understand the different concerns of mission, appreciate the richness of Asia-Pacific cultures and learn the ways of inter-connectedness in the spirit of renewed mission.

Participants from the same country get together and prepare the program that can take the whole morning followed by a ‘Socialization Night’ after supper. The following pictures are part of the Bangladeshs’ Day celebrated on Saturday, September 11, 2010.

(Slide show of some photos)

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MISSION of PEACEMAKING

 

By Jovie Emmanuel

 

Ms Ida Giguiento the resource person

Today, October 13, 2010, the readings of the Mass (Galatians 5:18-25; Luke 11:42-46) speak so much of our week’s topic on MISSION of PEACEMAKING. (The module is presented by Ms. Ida M. Giguiento). We hear Paul say: “When you are led by the Spirit you are not under the Law”. The experience I had playing the “conflict game” led me to a realization of how much I tend to conform myself to the instructions even at the expense of getting the other’s property.

This experience reflects the kind of reality of a society that we have. Laws which are implemented do not address what is really for the common good or the needs of the poor rather they only answer the interest and needs of the powerful and influential people.

Aware of the injustices and violence around us, I ask myself: where do we find ourselves amidst these realities? Are we one of those St. Paul calls “Pharisees” and whom Jesus criticizes? Are we the kind of people who love to be attended with reserved seat rather than serving others?  Are we one of those who love to be greeted with respect rather than reaching out to others?  Are we one of those who always complain and put the burden on others rather than helping and accompanying others unload their burdens?

Jesus in today’s Gospel urges us not to neglect justice and love of God.  I believe justice is protecting and preserving the rights and dignity of a person and working for justice calls for a greater demand of SELFLESSNESS and LOVE – – – it is not for our own personal interest but for the interest of others even at the expense of our very own lives.

It is also to remain steadfast in the Spirit in all out efforts in building the Kingdom of God which bears the fruit that will bring about joy and peace.

(Slide show of some photos during the lectures & activities)

 

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Myanmars’ Day

At the beginning of the Euntes course the participants are given a ‘Proposed Guide for Country’s Creative Presentation’.Main Purpose of the Presentation: To understand the different concerns of mission, appreciate the richness of Asia-Pacific cultures and learn the ways of inter-connectedness in the spirit of renewed mission.

Participants from the same country get together and prepare the program that can take the whole morning followed by a ‘Socialization Night’ after supper. The following pictures are part of the Myanmars’ Day celebrated on Saturday,  August 21, 2010.

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REFLECTION ON RETREAT

By Julia

Last week, September 27 to October 1, guided by Fr. Giulio Mariani, PIME, we, the Euntes participants, had our one week community retreat. During the retreat days we left all non-essentials behind and spent the time in silence and solitude with our Divine friend through daily meditation, prayer, listening to , encountering and experiencing the presence of God in our midst.

More time was spent for conscious and active participation in the daily Eucharistic celebration, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, individual and community group sharing and silence on the Euntes grounds. In fact, I could really concentrate and enjoy a sense of peace in my inner mind and heart.

 

Mass on the opening of the retreat by Fr. Giulio F. Mariani, PIME the Retreat Master

The most important thing for the guide and the seeker is openness to the Holy Spirit. I absolutely agree with this statement because I made that experience. According to our country and province tradition (Myanmar), we always do groups retreats. In one of the retreats I found an obstacle in retreat master. I had to struggle hard to go through that retreat. I overcame the problem and was able to do my retreat well only by opening to the Holy Spirit. I simply prayed to the Spirit of the Lord: you are my retreat master, guide me and heal me.

We need experience. Experience is the best teacher in our life. In the past I understood the meaning of a retreat as preparation for something like the vows. Now I realize that retreat means seeking God and His will for our life. I think all human beings need retreat especially Religious. We are called to fulfil the will of God in our life. Retreats help us making the right decisions.

I reflected whether we need the guide all the time. Of course we need. However our guide will not be always a person many times can be the Bible and sometimes some event can be our guide. We must be first of all a deeply spiritual person so that he/ she can best show the way to God.

The deepest part of ourselves is reserved for God, and we know that to love the Lord our God is the heartbeat of our mission.

(Slide show of some photos during the retreat)

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Philippines’ Day

At the beginning of the Euntes course the participants are given a ‘Proposed Guide for Country’s Creative Presentation’.  Main Purpose of the Presentation: To understand the different concerns of mission, appreciate the richness of Asia-Pacific cultures and learn the ways of inter-connectedness in the spirit of renewed mission.

Participants from the same country get together and prepare the program that can take the whole morning followed by a ‘Socialization Night’ after supper. The following pictures are part of the Philippines’ Day celebrated on Saturday,  July 31, 2010.

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Reflection on Spirituality of Suffering

This week, October 4 to October 8, Father Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Regional Superior in Japan, is visiting the Euntes community to speak on Spirituality of Suffering. Father Ferruccio’s Doctoral dissertation is on “The Indian Theology of the Cross – A possible Foundation for a Theology of Religions”. As part of his presentation he showed the Japanese movie “Silence”.

Fr. Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME

What follows is the reflection Evar Ortega, a PIME aspirant attending the course, offered during Mass on October 5. The Gospel reading was from Luke 10: 38- 42.

Yesterday afternoon, after Fr. Yao’s cup table tennis tournament, I bought a few bottles of energy drink in the nearby store. A man who happened to watch me going out from the Euntes gate asked me: ‘Why did you buy energy drink?’ I replied: ‘This will serve to energize us for the whole week since we have just begun our learning and sharing on suffering; we watched the movie “Silence” and it is about suffering’. He smiled and said: ‘Suffering of men and women varies according to their age’. ‘Ahh!!!’ – I replied with astonishment – ‘How about seminarians, brothers, sisters and priests?’ He hurriedly replied: ‘All the more’.

For young people, suffering is usually taking place at the emotional level. We are so sensitive. Young people experience suffering when they try to balance life as the heart and mind compete and contest with each other. Usually the heart wins, but it beats faster than the generator.

For the middle aged people, their suffering usually takes place when they become worried and anxious about so many things, that even sometimes they don’t know why they are worried and anxious. They work overtime because they want to be credited, recognized, approved or seeking for approval for what they have done; they want to be somebody wherever they are.

In today’s gospel I keep on searching the age of Martha but unfortunately I didn’t find. However, I am very much sure that she was not young but she was at the middle age. She complained to Jesus: ‘Look at me I am so burdened with work while my sister is just listening and sitting pretty’. Jesus admonishes her by saying:’ Martha, you are so worried about so many things’.

Every time I experience suffering I realize that it is because I am loaded and even overloaded with so many worries and anxieties. That happens when I experience lot of fears, insecurities, self- centeredness, narrow-mindedness, pride, arrogance; basically it is a matter of lack of faith.

This reminds me of a wise saying that goes like this: ‘Worries are like a rocking chair…it gives me something to do, but it won’t get anywhere!’.

 


 

Francis of Assisi – “His oneness with the whole of creation”

 

By Sr. Therry

 

Yes, “his oneness with the whole of creation” struck a cord in my heart at the tender age of 15 and sent me forth in search of something more in my life. The fire was ignited for my Franciscan calling, after watching that beautiful and moving film of Francis called “Brother Sun and Sister Moon”. More

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