“Be Free in Christ” Spiritual Retreat for the Youth 2014

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” 1 Corinthians 10:23

What a blessed weekend! This Sunday was the beginning of our annual spiritual retreat for the youth, highlighting the theme of freedom in Christ. It was such a blessing for our youth to be able to stay in the cathedral during these three days. After liturgy, we enjoyed a coffee, breakfast, and each other’s company as we got settled. After lunch, we split into groups and each group focused on the theme of freedom as presented in the gospel of each Sunday of Lent and later presented our thoughts in a circle where Dr. Naguib of Texas’s missionary group joined us. We then enjoyed contemplations by the fathers as they revealed the ‘Truth which was to set us free’. After activities, we had dinner and watched the film “Fireproof”. The second day, we celebrated liturgy, learned hymns from the first, second, third, and fourth hoos, enjoyed another spiritual talk, contemplated the meaning behind 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:7 in groups, and prepared for a talent show!! Towards the end of the show, we were blessed with the safe arrival of Dr. Victor and family from Ontario, Canada, where they, of course, got to participate as well. ? The third day, after liturgy, we had fun with water balloons and spray-foam, continued learning songs and contemplating on the theme, and prepared shows and posters with our groups in order to reflect on all that we had learned. Not only did the Truth set us free this weekend, but this was a retreat that truly gave us time to reflect on our freedom and how it affects others. Special thanks to our medical missionaries for preparing nourishment for us each day. May God bless you abundantly for having shared Christ’s love with us!

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