Going through the Christian life seminar over the past three months has been a life-changing journey for me. When I had just begun participating, I was burdened with the need to find a job and was struggling with strained relationships with my family. However, as I learnt about God’s love and came to understand His personal love for me, I was moved to build a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and wanted to strive to be a child of God. My relationship grew with God and slowly but surely, my relationships at home improved too.
As I came to understand about various sins and made a good Confession, I was freed of substance abuse and the sin of lust. I used to think it would be impossible for me to leave these sins behind and move forward but I realized that it became possible only when I looked towards God for strength. The Sacrament of Confession gave me a new-found joy.
I also learnt about the concept of personal prayer and the importance of keeping the time of silence to listen to the voice of God. Praying to the Holy Spirit and asking for the intercession of Mama Mary and the Saints are also weapons I began using to fight the evil one. I understood that I cannot expect my problems to quickly vanish just because I pray, however, I am learning to trust God and in His plan for me.
As soon as the CLS ended, the Lord blessed me with an amazing job and I learnt what it meant in Mathew 6:33 – Seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be given unto you.
The Covenant Ceremony of the CFCI Singles, Porvorim was held on 19th September at the Holy Family Church. Members from the Couples and Singles also joined in welcoming the twenty-five newbies into the CFC family. The entire gathering looked amazing as everyone wore colours of green and yellow. The hall too was beautifully decorated with the theme colours which made the atmosphere feel very festive.
The evening began with praise and worship followed by a briefing about the Covenant. The new members then took the Covenant and pledged to be followers of Christ and a prayer of blessing was prayed for us. It was a special moment as we held the beautifully decorated candles and committed ourselves to living good Christian lives. After we signed the covenant cards, our formators Ehrlson and Beverly welcomed us with the ceremonial hug and the entire community sang ‘Welcome to the family’ which made us feel very special. All the new members were filled with eager anticipation for what God has in store for each one of us.
By Savio Dias & Clive Fernandes