What would Christianity be without true witnessing to the Person of Christ? This was a question which struck me on the 26th -27th of February 2016 while I was attending a workshop on religious and concentrated life held in Ladyband Parish by the Newcastle Dominican sisters from the Diocese of Dundee. I realised that witnessing is what makes us the Church “The body of Christ” visible in the world. By being visible we further become more that what we are “The Body of Christ”. In other words in becoming more than what we are, we embody Christ, his love, his compassion, forgiveness and his life, not only during this Year of Mercy but throughout our lives. And how do we manifest this? By sharing what we have received with our brothers and sisters as St Paul says, “For I handed over to you as of first importance what I in return have received” (1Cor 15:3) and by being united in love and in faith. It is in sharing our faith experiences that we grow towards Christ in our different communities. Thus, in sharing our faith experiences we do not only grow towards him who calls us but we make he who calls us present and indeed the WORD becomes flesh and it tabernacles in us. This is a most vital form of witnessing because it fulfils the promise of Christ to his disciples “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35).
The workshop was organised by the Parish Priest Rev Fr Mosebetsi Mokoena. It was made clear and emphasised by the Parish Priest that the workshop was for all young women in our parish not only for those who feel God is calling them. The reason behind such a wide invitation was that, we are all called to witness to Christ by our lives thus it is of great importance to attend such workshop to deepen our faith by listening to others who have encountered the Lord in a special way. The workshop was facilitated by four Dominican sisters, two of them were finally professed and the other two were novices. The number of the young people who showed up was 54 and they were assisted by the vocation prayer group members. The workshop started on Friday the 26th in the evening and it ended on Saturday the 27th afternoon . It was a good faith sharing experience. We thank the Lord for all this and we like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the parents for allowing their children to come to the workshop and we also thank the young people for showing up . We hope and pray that what God has initiated through the sisters may he bring it to the fulfilment. Mary Mother of vocations Pray for us!