“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:19-20
A Christian Life Seminar (CLS) program was conducted in Hamirpur, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rourkela, Orissa from May 14, 2019, to May 19, 2019, in Hindi. The CLS began with a prayer and the new couples and handmaids were addressed by the Parish Priest of Hamirpur.
There was an ice breaker session for everyone to get to know each other better. The first session of the day was, ‘God’s Love and Jesus’ through which the participants understood His unconditional love for all and how Jesus is at the centre of this love. ‘Sin, Repentance and Faith’ was the next session in the afternoon which explained how we sin by breaking the 10 commandments.
The participants were also made aware of how repentance and faith are required to come back to God by using the parable of the prodigal son. After each session, there were group discussions to help the participants, share their personal lives in these areas. This was followed by one to ones and confessions along with a time of reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. The participants were encouraged to make a good confession.
Day 2 began with a prayer and some hymns taught by the CFCI Youth of Rourkela. In the morning the participants had a session on ‘Loving God’ that spoke about giving first priority to God and how we can love him with all our heart, mind, strength and soul. The next session was, ‘Loving Your Neighbor’ that went on to explain, how the unconditional love received from God needs to flow through us for others. The participants were challenged to do the same by imitating Christ in their everyday lives.
The afternoon session was on ‘Life in the Holy Spirit’ where the participants were introduced to the third person of the Holy Trinity, His charismatic gifts and what are the obstacles to receiving these gifts. Each session was again followed by group discussions to help the participants reflect on where they failed and where they were successful in applying these teachings. There were games conducted and songs taught by the CFCI Youth of Rourkela as fillers to keep the participants energized.
The participants were excited for Day 3 as we had mentioned that there would be anointing of the Holy Spirit. The day started off in the chapel with a prayer and a session on ‘Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit’ which prepared them for anointing, came next. They were asked to keep themselves open to receive all the gifts that the Holy Spirit wanted them to have. The anointing session was a beautiful one where every participant experienced the Holy Spirit in a powerful way to which they testified later. The service team members were in awe and thankful to God for working so powerfully that morning. The afternoon session, ‘Growing in the Spirit’ started with a power-packed Praise and Worship. In the session, the speaker explained the 5 tools we need to use, to keep strengthening our relationship with God. The day ended with group discussions, followed by fellowship.
Day 4 started with reciting the rosary. The music ministry then taught the participants some hymns after which we had Praise and Worship. The day’s session was on ‘Transformation in Christ’ which encouraged the participants to live out the new life they received in the Holy Spirit. The concept of households was explained by the speaker while sharing his life so that the participants could look forward to experiencing the same. The participants were then asked to share their experience of the program. Many shared on how they learnt a lot especially through and testimonies and life sharing – how the anointing of the Holy Spirit was what they needed to keep them going in their relationship with Christ and how they were looking forward to more from CFCI. The day ended with some games and lunch.
We all thanked God for allowing each of us to experience Him in such a mighty way. The Spirit of God truly moved the place.