Sixty Seven Schools Division Office Personnel renewed their spiritual faith during the annual observance of Lenten Recollection on April 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Academy, Pasay City. The activity was filled with enlightenment and self- reflection of personnel-attendees which is timely for the Holy Week customary practices.
Focusing on the theme, ”Suffering and Forgiveness, the Recollection Master, Rev, Fr. Rany P. Geraldino, Dean of Studies, Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary and Assistant Director of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila-Educational System(Cluster 7),explicitly tackled the topics in two modules.
“We don’t love suffering. We accept it, and can even be happy with it because it brings forth life. We are people of resurrection.”Fr. Geraldino highlighted during his talk. He also shared varied biblical views on sufferings and ended the first topic with the statement, “The power of God is greater than our suffering, have FAITH.”
The second session focused on Forgiveness @ Workplace. Fr. Rany said, “Forgiveness is the best antidote to address problems”. He stressed that the competitive nature of many workplaces do not encourage letting people off the hook. He encouraged everyone not to hold grudges at work.
In an interview conducted with the following personnel about their impressions, these were their responses: “The topic is related our work environment. It triggers my emotions and changed my perspective toward my relationship with my co-workers and family.” – Leonard Laureta, Admin. Aide IV, Supply Section, “Para sa akin ang aking pananaw ang Recollection ay nakatulong sa akin sa paghubog ng aking pagkatao lalong-lalo na sa ispiritwal na paniniwala. Natutunan ko na ang suffering ay hindi lahat negative ang resulta datapwat nakapagbabatid din ito na maging positibo at ito ay magiging daan para magiging matatag ang buhay.” – Evelyn B. Manrique Admin, Aide III – Personnel Section, “I was deeply impressed with the flow of the Lenten Recollection. It transformed me to become the best version of myself in every aspect. I am lucky enough to have attended this kind of engagement.” Maverick Kevin O. Tuddao – Admin Aide III, SGOD.
Meanwhile, the Opening Program was held prior to the discussion of the topics. It started with a short prayer by Mrs. Consolacion G. Diaz, EPS-Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao. The welcome remark was delivered by Mr. Juanito Tan, Principal- Basic Education St. Mary’s Academy while the message was given by Mrs. Marlene R. Polero, Administrative Officer V and the focal person. The activity culminated with the celebration of the Holy Mass.