Article written by Sr. Josefa Aldana, SFIC
The day started with a very meaningful opening prayer prepared by the Chinese students of ICLA. This was followed by a very comprehensive recap of Day 2 given by Ms. Menchie Rojas.
After the recap, Sr. Josefa Aldana, SFIC introduced the speaker for day 3. Fr. Bienvenido Baisas, OFM gave his talk on "Projecting Paths, Priorities of Religious Life and Mission in Asia", with the subtitle - "Where are you going? Saan ang lakad mo?" Fr. Baisas started his presentation in the manner of FABC Pastoral Spiral/Cycle with a quick but nonetheless compassionate look at the Asian context.
He explored the topics on globalization, the economic disparity of nations, movements of Asian people as migrant workers and refugees, indigenous peoples, Asian youth, women issues, etc. with a presupposition: FABC faith reflections and Sr. Sandra Schneider's re-envisioning as a task proper to the entire local Church to discern and project priorities.
Fr. Baisas gave further reflections on the following: (1) No simply to efficiency but Yes to depth and authenticity, (2) Yes to Gospel radicalism, (3) an imperative again to listen to 'Shema', (4) a paradigm shift not only in our concept of Consecrated Life and its mission but also in our concept and praxis of "Conversion", and (5) Dialogue as the overall encompassing imperative in Asia. At a certain point, Fr. Baisas proclaimed a passionate appeal to embrace what the Spirit says!
The highlight of Religious Life Week 2015 was an open forum with the panel of three speakers of the three-day event. The audience-participants had a chance to dialogue with Fr. Antonio Pernia, SVD, Sr. Sandra Schneiders, IHM, and Fr. Bienvenido Baisas, OFM.
Religious Life Week 2015 was crowned with the Eucharistic celebration presided by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
Recap of Day 2
By Ms. Menchie Rojas
Opening Prayer on Day 2 by ICLA students from Myanmar