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posted Jun 6, 2018, 9:59 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

Jesus Encounter Youth Retreat

Youth United For Christ (YU4C) - the youth wing of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) of Mumbai organised a two-day open retreat on May 26-27, 2018, at Salvation Kendra, Dadar, from 9 am to 5 pm. 190 young Catholics from all across Mumbai responded to the invitation. The main speaker for both the days was internationally renowned Bro. Colin Calmino, who kept the youth engaged and entertained throughout the open retreat.

Day One began with the Eucharist celebrated by Fr Melroy. This was followed by a very important and memorable talk on ‘God’s Extravagant Love for each one of us’ delivered by Bro. Lenny Soares. The talk focused on God’s unconditional love and that no matter what we have done, God’s love remains unchanging for us, and that He has a great plan for each one of us (Jeremiah 29:11). The other three talks lined up for the day were given by Bro. Colin. Titled ‘BLOCKS TO GOD’S LOVE', his first talk explained how Christianity is all about developing an intimate relationship with the Divine Creator; and that if we seek the Lord first in our lives, everything else will fall in place ( Matthew 6:33). The next talk was LOVE, MARRIAGE AND SEX; the order of these three entities being very important. As God has the best plan for our marriage, we need to surrender to His will so that we enjoy a joyful and fruitful married life. The last talk for Day One concentrated on THE POWERFUL WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; the power of God is within us, and the Holy Spirit is the ONLY ONE who can help us with everything in our lives and reveal God’s plan for our future, only if we let Him (Romans 8). Bro. Colin, with his humorous way of presenting the truth, was successful in captivating the young hearts.