Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow giving a sharing at the retreat.Verbum Dei Sr Sandra Seow giving a sharing at the retreat.
What is love and what are some of the obstacles to loving?

These and other related issues were tackled during an Advent retreat organised by the newly formed Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate on Dec 13.

More than 60 people gathered at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Retreat House on Holland Road for the first programme of the apostolate, which is run by the Verbum Dei Missionaries.

“Love is not a feeling that makes our heart beat faster,” Sr Maria Jose M Egido told the crowd during the event, which had the theme, Open Your Heart to Christ.

“Love has to be felt in the hands -- when we give with generosity … in our feet – when we walk an extra mile for someone,” she said. “Love always implies self-sacrifice, self-giving.”

However, there are obstacles to loving, which one has to be aware of, Sr Sandra Seow later shared with the group.

These include the challenges that life throws at a person, such as disappointments, sin, a lack of forgiveness and fears, she said.

Participants were led to reflect on what prevented them from “opening the door” of their hearts to Jesus and to allow Him to enter more and more into their lives.

In another session, Sr Leticia Candelario Lopez told retreatants that “welcoming Jesus is a choice”.

“There has to be a change in our lives,” she said.

Apart from time for silent reflection during the retreat, participants also shared in small groups how they felt the retreat has helped them in their spiritual journey.

For more information on the Archdiocesan Biblical Apostolate, visit

By Christopher Khoo
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