“God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”
The most awaited event of this year has come to an end. DTP as we call was conducted from 2nd to 8th October in Christ college, Kengeri. We 41 of us participants were accompanied by teachers and some JY members.
Last year when I attended this same program and came back, I decided that I would go back again. I had this desire since 1 year and my dream just came true. When I entered the beautiful campus it reminded me of the amazing moments I spent there last year. And I surely knew that this year it would bring its own set of happiness for all of us. DTP does not just focus on an individual’s spiritual development but caters to development of all kinds.
We had retreat for the first 3 days where topics like ‘How to experience forgiveness?’, ‘Relation with Jesus’, ‘Holy Eucharist’, ‘Holy Spirit’ and ‘Mother Mary’. These days focus was laid on our spirituality and love for fellow beings. The next 4 days, we had training and workshop on how we should socialize with people around us and evangelize them through our life. We were taught on how our lives can spread the love that God has for mankind. We were given training on how to evangelize in our own ways. We were divided into groups and discussed on how to tackle various day to day problems in a very peaceful way. We were given an opportunity to bring out our talents by giving us a chance for singing, dancing and acting. There were opportunities where we learnt that how we were a blessing and how we could put forth our views in college and our families. We had a session with pro-life ministry and had discussions on population explosion, abortion, and pornography. We were also taught about the six constants:
• Personal prayer
• Word of God
• Option for the poor
Well, DTP was not all about retreat and training. We also played dodgeball and basketball. We were sent to explore the campus and nature and take inspirations from it. On 4th October, we had nature mass as the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assissi who was a person who loved nature. We celebrated mass and had adoration everyday.
In these 7 days all of us lived and grew as members of the same family who ate, drank, shared, laughed and cried together. We are all coming with a transformed mind to fill your days with love, joy and peace.
“Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words”
-St. Francis of Assissi.
Sharon Vas, Student Representative, ACC