|My 3-day kit.|
|The expectant SFC Dumaguete Chapter.|
Another year has passed, and the Singles for Christ brothers and sisters are back together once again to experience God's ultimate love and grace through the 20th ICON or the International Conference. Singles for Christ all over the world are invited to come and join this year's ICON with the theme Obey and Witness. (Do whatever He tells you. John 2:5) held at the World Trade Center, Pasay Manila, Philippines. This is a 2 and a half day event; that has talks, workshops, and a daily Holy Eucharistic celebration. Let me share to you what I have learned personally.
Day 1: Friday evening
We started the event with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which tells us to open our hearts and be ready for the entire conference. The Eucharist was graced by Bishop Bernard Cortez. He shows his gratitude over all the delegates who have their own priorities and walks in life came and experience Christ. He also note that the youth is the hope of the fatherland. He also urged everyone to fast as this is the time of Lent. He as well quoted "be like that rainwater, inspired, controlled, guided so that it could bring growth to the community, to your country, and to your self."
Talk 1: The Invitation
|About 8200+ SCF brothers and sister graced the conference. This is by far the largest ICON ever!|
Day 2: Saturday
Talk 2: Believe, Trust, and Obedience
|The second talk was held at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.|
The second talk was graced by Most Rev. Bishop Bacani. He talked about the importance of the Nicene Creed being the symbol of the church. It is not just a mere recitation but should be a concrete profession of faith and it starts with the word "I believe." He as well logically explains that we have the option to believe, and that we know the truth about God not because of an evidence or by reasoning but because God says so.
Trust is a result of the Faith and Confidence. We are challenged to put our trust in Him. And that with conviction we can say that if we put our trust in the Lord and that we put our lives in His hands, He will not let evil cover us. I also believe that through Christ, all things are possible- that is indeed Trust!
Obedience is the most challenging task a christian is faced with everyday. However, with the points being stated above with Faith and Trust in the Lord would bring about obedience. We are urged to not just have faith and trust only through our lips, but as an SFC we are said to do it in action, thus obedience. Obedience also shows what values you have learned and how you live your life with those acquired values.
Are you a joyless Christian?
|Even tragedy is grace.|
|Emptiness is the space between God's heart and our own Heart.|
There are ways in breaking out of emptiness:
L- ong for God consciously and consistently.
O- bedience to what He's plans are for us.
V- irtue of humility.
E- nligthen your heart and mind.
He also added that we can't obey Christ if we still have the stain of guilt in our hearts. We need to know that we are forgiven. I totally agree!
Talk 3: Transformation
|There is a mini play before the start of the talk. They have wonderful voices|
|The best example of transformation is the turning of water into wine. Just when Mary says "Do whatever He tells you." John 2:5|
|Sis Nathalie Antonio born rich but empty. Has achieved and acquired too much in life feeling the emptiness. Upon searching she found out Christ is the only one who filled her up.|
|Bryan Funcion being ruled by lust was transformed because Jesus called Him, and took him out of that world that he has been living.|
|His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D,D|
Day 3: Talk 4: Witness
|Do whatever He tells you (John 2:5)|
There has been witnesses or sharers in this last talk but we only got one photo.
I would like to thank you my fellow bloggers for hearing my life out. I feel like this is the only avenue for me to share my faith and what I am passionate about. This post is too long, and I always wish I can say more, but I need to contain it as I will have the series of post about my Manila trip. Once again, with a grateful heart I'd like to say thank you...xoxo!
P.S. So the question is where to next?...Cagayan de Oro!!! See you there next year!