CHOICE RETREAT- 9/11/2019 & 10/11/2019
|My CHOICE Family|
When I decided to attend this retreat, I didn’t know what to expect and just went with the flow. I was amazed and found the sessions conducted by Kumar and his wife Monica were very enriching and involved most of us to use our heads to think and digest.
The phrase “Be Still And Know I’m Here” which he mentioned during the session caught my attention. Then when we were given some time to be alone with ourselves on the second day, taking deep breaths, hearing the sound and seeing the waves crashing into the shore, I felt really calm. Still, considering the many distractions and noises present, it was hard to stay focus and listen to my inner voice. The session made me understand how important it is to take time and be alone with myself and God. Finding that inner space and willing to let go of the "noises" in my life. These "noises" can often be a distraction and lead to self-sabotage at times. I am learning to trust my instincts, not always hearing and doing what people say when faced with challenges and making decisions. I also discovered how important it is to know myself and to relearn what I have been taught.
Then, when we're doing the “Treasure Hunt”, it taught me how important it is to work as a team despite our many differences in the way we think, react, do things, knowing our strength, weakness and acceptance of one another. Also, the bonding time at the beach and BBQ opened my eyes to see the importance of family. Yes, being a family after a long day, having some leisure time, walking, playing futsal on the beach, swimming, taking pictures, sitting, eating, chatting, laughing, singing and listening to music by the campfire. For me, that is what a family is all about, the sense of togetherness.
Fr Gregory session on “Christus Vivit” (Christ Lives) a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Young People based on a guide written by Pope Francis was very informative. It helped me understand my call as a youth and to embrace that call in the church whether by way of service, religious or matrimony. The importance of forgiveness, building bridges, to communicate when there are disagreements and misunderstandings instead of posting it on social media. It was exciting to know as well from the scriptural point of how God views youth to inspiration from the saints to practical advice.
On the second day during one of the session, Archbishop Julian Leow had surprisingly dropped by for the retreat. His Grace shared a little about himself and one of the things that he went through as a student while studying in Australia. I thought that was something I could relate too. Such a wonderful feeling to have His Grace sit with us, come down to our level and simplifying things in a way that we can understand.
Overall, the retreat for me was really amazing, and I indeed "Relived" my CHOICE Weekend. It had left footprints in my life. Hope that CHOICE KL would organise more retreats like this in the near future as it is a great way to build spirituality and bring CHOICE'S together. I would like to thank the organising committee for taking the time in organising this for us. May God Bless You And Your Families Abundantly.
Here are some pictures that were taken at the retreat. Enjoy viewing them and may the memories of CHOICE bring you home...
|Golden Sands - View During The Day|
|Golden Sands - View At Sunset|
Waves Crushing Onto The Shore During Sunset
Relaxing Session Before "The Session"