Graced and Aglow, the much awaited three day femme weekend of the Couples for Christ India (CFCI) commenced on April 22 at the Seasons Resort, Fatorda.
The first day of the weekend program started with fellowship, when all the women from all over the country spent time to greet each other and introduce themselves to one another.
This was followed by the first session of the weekend, “Arms of my father“, given by Beverly Braganza D’Souza. Through her heart touching sharing about her journey in understanding who she was, she helped the women gathered rediscover their relationship with God and identify the areas or reasons why they failed to connect with God. They were then presented “The Father’s Love Letter“, to remind them of how much the father loves his daughter. Some women shared how they felt that God’s love even when they think they have disappointed Him.
After a break and a light time of fellowship, the next sharing followed. Audrey Gerard in her session “Crown Jewel of Creation“, spoke on what a women is worth, using an analogy between the Sacraments and the role of a woman in homes. She spoke of how they are called to be as wives, mothers and women in society and that all that a woman does for her family is actually a sacrament. Audrey through her sharing inspired the women to face any negative situations not as a problem, but as opportunity to glorify God.
The session by Audrey, set the tone for the next session by Delwyn Lobo, “Rebuilding the temple“. In this session the area covered were the cries of a women, understanding her brokenness and surrendering the same back to God. The flashback into their past brought a lot of healing. Some even discovered the root causes for a few of their cries and discovered corrective and preventive measures.
Titus 2:3-5 “Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behaviour, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.”
Suzette De Souza in here session on the theme of the program “Living Graced and Aglow“, led the people to question themselves as to what is it, that God is calling them to do. Sharing experiences and suggestions on how to live a life of grace and aglow, setting Mama Mary as the role model to achieve success doing so.
In the midst of all these sessions, the women spent time in worship, activities, games, and group discussions. Activities like exchanging Secret Sister Cards, got them elated to give and receive a card. They also shared recipes and health care tips which got them bonding and building lasting friendships, even with people they were meeting for the first time.
Truly it was a femme weekend like never before. After a round of selfies and group photographs. With a graceful smile and a glowing face, with the light of Christ, everybody hit the road back home to live as a renewed women.