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October 25, 2016

The joy of being together in an encounter as one amplified community filled our hearts when we all gathered at Saint Candida School, Estancia, Iloilo last October 16, 2016.
It was indeed a day to remember! The matter for shared reflection was from the “Message of Pope Francis on the occasion of the celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy” (Bogota, August, 2016). It served as matter for a deeper “review”of how we are living our “project of the common mission”, aided by the guide questions prepared by Sr. Georgita Hormillosa fi, our Local Superior.

Listening to each Sister’s sharing on the points for reflection about the present and persistent calls and challenges of the Pope for us to live in our lives “the mercy which He constantly extends to all of us” in the interpersonal and communitarian levels was spiritually uplifting and transforming because they were testimonies of courage and tenderness, creative fidelity and humble charity. Sr. Georgette reminded us to remember God’s most important call – the call to holiness for which we all have to aspire with perseverance and fidelity.

Our day was memorable and complete with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and afternoon merienda of tasty native delicacies courtesy of Sr. Nilda Paloma’s family in Passi, Iloilo (a fortunate occasion as it is along the way to and from Estancia). The sisters of Estancia House could not be outdone in their preparations of our lunch and morning snacks too.
WOW! Thank you Lord! We were physically refreshed and spiritually renewed that day.

Ma. Celia Gorriceta fi