ANNUAL STAFF RECOLLECTION ON DRAWING STRENGTH FROM THE EUCHARIST / PLACE OF THANKSGIVING
Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) Bamenda had a one-day recollection on March 24, 2023 with theme ‘Drawing Strength from the Eucharist’ or drawing strength from the place of thanksgiving. Rev. Fr. George Ngalim, the JPC Chaplain and facilitator of the day encouraged all staff to uphold an attitude of thanksgiving at all times. He further encouraged staff members not to focus on their challenges and lose sight of the miracles that happen in their lives daily.
Staff members were elated to learn that they can draw strength not only from their challenges but even from their weaknesses, to propagate their work on building a just and peaceful society. Rev. Fr. Ngalim in his exhortation added that we need to always see reasons to thank God and even when we think we cannot find any, we should carefully look at nature and listen to God keenly and we will find so many reasons.
Staff members had a moment to share daily experiences in their lives for which they are thankful. Rev. Fr. Ngalim ended his exhortation with Matthew 11:28-30, the portion of scripture which says “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest….” This was closely followed with a quiet moment, reflection and mass. The recollection ended with a common meal and staff members returned home rejuvenated.