On Friday, 26th March 2021, all staff of the Service assembled at La Verna Spiritual Centre, Foncha Street Bamenda for this spiritual uplifting exercise, facilitated by its Chaplain, Msgr. George TOMRILA NGALIM, and characterized by prayers, presentations, reflections, and the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist.
In his first presentation, Father urged staffers to always look at the following as they go about their daily activities: do Particular Examine; which is a regular examination of self to know what went well and what did not go well, Love of Self and help others love themselves, be thankful to God, be honest and read the signs of time, and to always plan with God.
The next presentation was based on the question; how effective are we as Justice and Peace Workers? Here, staff members were encouraged to be happy with and love what they do, thereby teaching others with their actions.
Holding during Lent, Father talked about the Forty Days Lenten Period which started on Ash Wednesday, capitalizing on the phrase; “Man, remember that you are dust ,and unto dust you shall return,” laying emphasis on the fact that, as Christians, we must be always ready. He dwelt more on the pillars of Lent, which is a wonderful period in the Church’s Calendar to help us get ready. These pillars are;
1. Fasting; if you fast you must feel a pinch. Even more so, if you fast, somebody must benefit from this fasting.
2. Prayer; when do you pray? What is the quality of your prayer? We need to have time for quality prayer.
3. Alms-giving; we are all encouraged to do charitable works.
Rounding off the session, Msgr. George called upon staff to acknowledge their sins, thus commending us to regularly go for the Sacrament of Penance, live the Ten Commandments, and lastly, pray and live the Stations of the Cross.
The day ended with Holy Mass and a family meal.