Three days Residential Spiritual Programme for Married Couples on year of Mercy
Date: May 13 to 15, 2016
The programmed theme” the spirituality of the family” was held at Raghopur center on May 13th 10 AM to May 15th noon 2016 for Ballia, Ghazipur deanery.55 couples mingled and actively participated. The program began by lighting of the lamp, followed by prayer.Rev.Fr.John Abraham the vicar general of the diocese introduced the program and welcomed the floor.Rev. Fr. Y.Joseph introduced the resource persons Sr. Sybil SRA, Mr. Rajan Samuel, Bhai Ram. They gave sessions on, The marriage the sacrament, covenantal relationship, Role of parents, the role of children towards parents, Spousal bond, Becoming a Christ centered family, The positive effect of family prayer and the act of forgiveness, the transmission of faith to next generations, differential psychology and parenting style.Fr. Anil dev IMS gave a session on 15th May ,how to reestablish the marital bond. He presided over the Holy Eucharist, during that time he conducted a reconciliation process where couple asked pardon from each other. Many were sobbing silently. Then he made them to renew their marital commitment by promising to each other, by praying over the other. The Holy Father Francis constantly reminds us that we are the image of God. The care, kindness, gentle touch and loving words can change the life of this broken society. From a bitter, complaining, and unhappy person, one can become a cheerful, hopeful, and happy person if He recognizes God as a Merciful God. So let us rejoice that we are chosen to become God’s healers. Let this begin from our families.
The selected “WORD of God” was the foundation stone of all the sessions. The couples expressed their great joy during the vote of thanks for arranging this program by Bishop Eugine Joseph the Bishop of Varanasi and they made promise to live a “Witnessing life” Manifesting God’s Mercy.