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Plain and Simple / A time to be quiet.

WAS it Socrates who kept reminding us that unexamined life is not worth living?

I don't want to argue with that but there is one man whom Socrates got his inspiration. Jesus had kept reminding the value and importance of silence, prayer, and a life well spent.

It's Holy Week, and the Catholic Church celebrates the Paschal mystery, the life, passion and death of Christ, our God. And yes His resurrection. The promise of Easter gives meaning and hope to our life.

Holy Week is the perfect time to ponder on our life. I usually attend the retreat of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Makes me relive other retreats of my life. Retreats are best times for me to concretize what Socrates admonished: an unexamined life is not worth living.

One time two years ago I gave a retreat to the administrators and employees of Cor Jesu College. It was also my time to ponder and reflect on the meaning of the Holy Week.

I love the silence of a retreat. I'm thrilled to learn from the experiences of retreatants. Some glorious experiences and moments of brokenness. It makes me realize our connectedness and belongingness.

Early on I attended a one-week silent retreat in Calumpang, General Santos, the place of the Passionist fathers. In that retreat, we were not allowed to speak and talk. Only when the retreat was over.

Hard to spend the whole week in silence reflecting on life's many challenges. Also, to examine one's life. There were times of emptiness and times of ambivalence in our faith.

But we had the great time looking deep into our lives.

Was happy doing that to people, we created sacred spaces even in the marketplaces.

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Publication:Mindanao Times (Mindanao, Philippines)
Date:Mar 27, 2018
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