Participants at the Catholic Business Network’s Lenten retreat.

Working adults and business owners learnt about “authentic conversations” during a Lenten retreat conducted by the Catholic Business Network (CBN) recently.

Sixty participants attended the retreat, titled “Authentic Conversation With God, Self & Others -- Learn to Listen With Awareness, from Authenticity, to Act”. It was led by Mr Lance Ng, a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition, and held in the lush greenery of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) House of Prayer on Holland Road.

The retreat aimed to helped participants be better Christian witnesses through authentic dialogue, empathy and listening, especially in a busy, crowded society like Singapore.

Participants, such as Mr Mak Kai Hoe, a senior manager, spent the day sharing their experiences and exchanging perspectives with one another on living out their faith in their working lives.

Participants in a walking meditation during the retreat.

Mr Mak shared about the challenges he faces in his journey to become a faithful witness of Christ at work. He said he hoped his experiences would be helpful to other working adults.

Ms Elizabeth Chew, a banker, said, “I was looking for a retreat to recharge and heard from my friends about the CBN Lenten Retreat. So I came to find out and am so glad that I attended. The message was simple and it’s that simplicity that really spoke straight and deep into my heart and life.”

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