Posted on March 12, 2017
In the olden times fasting, wearing sackcloth, smearing ashes on the head and other forms of sacrifices were regarded as contrite acts, with the purpose of gaining mercy and compassion from the Lord. Sacrifice was directed to self-sanctification to merit indulgence, self-discipline and as an act of penance. I was strongly drawn by the first reading of the Mass on Friday after Ash Wednesday which specifically asserted the type of fasting that is pleasing and acceptable in the eyes of the Lord: 6 “The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. 7 Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives. (Isaiah 58:6-7 GNT)
Posted on November 21, 2016
The AGW 2016 was held in the morning of November 4 at Arad Bay Park with a total of 428 registered participants that included CFC & FM (KFC, YFC, SFC, HOLD & SOLD) members, and invited guests and friends. The program started with the Opening Prayer led by CFC Bahrain Spiritual Director, Fr. Peter Eugenio, OFM Cap. The participants were welcomed by ANCOP Head Bro. Resty de Ocampo while the mechanics of the Walk was presented by AGW 2016 Event Head Bro. Bobot Benter. The warm up exercises were led by SFC before the 3km Walk commenced. After the Walk, CFC Bahrain Country Head Bro. Chris Ebreo thanked all the participants for the success of the event. This was followed by snacks and fellowship at the park. [gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="5712,5717,5716,5715"]
Posted on November 17, 2016
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations …” (Matt 28:19). This was the calling that we have accepted from the moment we joined Couples for Christ. The call was apparent during our recent mission to the land of the pyramids. Not only did we see the places where the Holy Family took refuge, we also witnessed how the Lord touched the lives of the CLP participants during their dedication day.
Posted on September 26, 2016
So blessed God blessed me so much with a God fearing Husband and six wonderful children, a Doctor, an Architect, a Law student, a graduating engineer, a student pilot and an intelligent only daughter. Being achievers you can imagine our joy collecting medals, diplomas and licenses. As expected we have a very busy life. Needless to say it’s not easy to manage our financial needs. Our kids promised us the “luxuries” of life that we missed because of our sacrifices. Stress is part of our daily life but God always provides. In return we serve our church mostly through CFC but I thought family is my major purpose in life. THE TRIAL Last June I was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. Hysteroscopy indicated cancer cell was high grade and “genetic” (two of my sisters were also diagnosed with cancer within a span of one month) so surgery was urgent. We missed the college graduation of one of our sons but surgery was a success which coincidentally fell on our 28th wedding anniversary. Miraculously through prayers of my family, relatives, friends, colleagues, and CFC family, biopsy result came out as low grade so no need for any kind of therapy although I am now under rigorous cancer screening regime. In the midst of my confusion, I asked God whatever happened to my life’s purpose? I don’t mind the luxurious life but what about my family if I die? Interestingly, a CFC brother came to our house unannounced two weeks’ prior discovery of my cancer. Mother Mary asked him to pray for a certain abdominal condition and that was the sign of His great mercy for me. GOD’S ANSWER In the midst of the confusion, I cried and begged God for an answer. Then He spoke to me: “You shall be clothed with power from on high when the holy Spirit comes to you, and you will be my witnesses throughout the ends of the earth.” It dawned on me I have a higher calling besides caring for my family. My family basically glorifies only me so this cannot be my main purpose. I must follow God’s plan, not what I think is best for me. I shouldn’t worry about life’s struggles because He already strengthened me through sacrifices for my family and He is always with me. I’m ready for my mission. “Lead me Lord and I will follow you.” By Marilyn Carlos, CFC Dubai
Posted on September 19, 2016
I was already working in Dubai for 16 years in a very reputable oil company when a job offer with better salary and higher position came my way. I grabbed it as it is a dream job and I was considering retiring from work in two years’ time. This new job would have assigned me on a family status in Paris while based in Dubai.