Last night, my dad asked me if I was doing anything today. I said no and he went on to show me the flyer of an event he and my mom were planning to attend this Holy Week. It was one by The Feast Alabang — a 3-day Lenten Recollection entitled, “Let Go”. It was my first time to attend a Feast event, though I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now. Finally, the opportunity had arrived and it was nothing short of fantastic. 🙂 A quick rundown (with pictures!) of the things that happened today:
Their “builders” (I’m thinking this is what they call their formation leaders) were very much charismatic. 🙂
They had an Awesome Kids Ministry composed of, well, awesome kids singing and dancing to Jesus Take The Wheel and (surprise, surprise!) Let It Go.
A familiar face in the form of Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite gave the keynote speech on Renunciation.
Some of the awesome lines I picked up from Day 1. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me. 🙂
“Grace builds on nature.” – Bro. Arun Gogna shared how he and his wife had been trying to have a baby for the longest time. After all the prayers and scientific intervention, they decided to just go natural and just continue praying. In his prayers, he said he reminded the Lord that He was a God of miracles; that if He wanted something to happen, despite it defying nature, it would happen. And so it did. Bro. Arun left us with the question: “Would you also defy your nature for your God?“
“Most of the time, God doesn’t make sense.” And He doesn’t have to. You just have to trust that He has a magnificent plan for you.
“We can only see a part of the big picture. He sees the whole picture.”
“God is not in the business of giving details.” If He were, we wouldn’t have the need for faith.
“God will not only use the destination, He will also use the journey, so you would learn how to listen and hear.” Hay nako, alam na alam ko na ‘to. LOL.
“One of the dreams I gave up, the Lord is giving to me now.” Somehow similar to a quote P printed out for our 2013 Gansa sleepover: “Sometimes, on the way to your dream, you get lost and find a better one.” One of the statements I can definitely attest to. Sometimes, our plans don’t play out the way we want them to. This doesn’t necessarily mean He doesn’t want it for us or that we are not worthy of it. He knows the desires of our hearts and will never deprive us of what we ask for… just that it might take a while, or it could come in a different form unbeknownst to us until much, much later.
“The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.” To prove that point, the speaker had to empty a cup of Starbucks coffee into the trash bin, ergerds. LOL. But it was a great analogy. “Pag wala ka nang laman, dun ka ifi-fill in Lord.” Indeed, if everything just keeps going right in our lives, how will we yearn for something better? How can we appreciate our successes without the trials? How can we feel how the Lord is working within us if we don’t find ourselves in a state of nothingness?
“Emptying is difficult” because it is not in our nature to empty ourselves. “In this world, there is God. Anything else is just STUFF.” Man’s ultimate fear is “to be nothing and have nothing”, so much so that “when we feel we are nothing, we add stuff” (e.g. food, retail therapy, etc.).
Great sinners have greater right and greater claim to God’s mercy.
We must learn to let go and take on a heart like Jesus, which is a heart of compassion.
The focused reading today was the one about Abraham and his son, Isaac. How Abraham had been waiting for a son for so long and when Isaac was finally given to him, after a while, the Lord decided he wanted to take him away. It was, indeed, a good example of renunciation; one that made me tear up as it was being read awhile ago. It reminded me of the time I was sick and how my mother had questioned why God had allowed for it to happen. In one of her prayers, He told her, “Abby was never yours to begin with, I just lent her to you.” I teared up the time my mom told me about His answer. How blessed I was to have been called by name! How blessed I still am to be here to carry out His will!
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” ~ Genesis 22:9-12
Beautiful. 🙂 I am so impassioned right now. Aside from the teachings, I am now also inspired to come up with plans to make something else better. What that something else is shall be revealed in time. But I am definitely excited! 🙂 Day 2 tomorrow!