Weekend with rabboni 6

The Weekend with Rabboni returned to Good Shepherd Seminary February 16-17. Bishop Bernard Paul of Malacca Johore Diocese guided and facilitated the w

Mar 07, 2019

By Eugene Wong
The Weekend with Rabboni returned to Good Shepherd Seminary February 16-17. Bishop Bernard Paul of Malacca Johore Diocese guided and facilitated the weekend and with him were a few nuns, seminarians and ministers of the Diocese.

Fifty-three people from Johor, Melaka and KL attended. They came from the three language groups namely English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.

This weekend was part of a follow up from a previous Weekend with Rabboni held in Majodi Centre, Johor. However, this time, there was a large number of youths who participated in the weekend.

With young ladies and young men experiencing the weekend with the religious to journey with them, many related the same experiences and struggles in life. Throughout the weekend, many participants were surprised to know that this weekend was a comfortable retreat from their daily schooling or work life.

Bishop Bernard focused on the theme, As the Father sent me, so am I sending you John 20:21. The group was divided into different levels of discipleship to further share and discuss their challenges as Catholics, wherever they were in their careers. The sessions motivated the young people into realising their mission and God’s plan in their lives.

During the homily, Bishop shared about the source of happiness for us all. It cannot be concluded that our happiness depends on materialistic things. Only if we discover our self-identity and focus in life can we truly be happy. Bishop also used Maslow’s hierarchy to demonstrate his ideas. When the basic fundamentals are taken care of, then one can actually strive on and grow in many aspects. This includes the individual, the community and also the country.

In addition, Bishop’s homily intertwined well with the message of the Gospel for that weekend, which was the Beatitudes. In conclusion, those who are seeking their vocation should participate in the next Weekend with Rabboni.

Some participants gave their feedback:

“It was really good for me and eye-opening about us deciding our future.” -- Leonardo

“It was not only a physical getaway but a spiritual one, too. A getaway to soothe and refresh the soul, aside from gaining new knowledge and understanding.” -- Amanda

“Weekend with Rabboni never fails to help me encounter, be enlightened and be empowered by God. I can confidently say that it was the best break I needed from the noisy and busy world we live in now. This is the best place for me to come back to the love of God. I enjoyed the short walk with Jesus this weekend. I will definitely come back for the next one.” -- Veroniica

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