About 3 thousand Catholics attended a spiritual retreat to renew their faith during the period of Lent.
The retreat was held from March
11 to 14 in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Cuttack,
The closing ceremony was officiated by Msgr. John Barwa, Archbishop
To those present, he said: "In the Lord
everything is possible. If we are not with the Lord we will be empty in
life. The strength, the energy, the faith, the knowledge and wisdom we
get if God is with us. It is only possible through prayer”.
Fr. Chitoranjan Nayak, pastor of the cathedral, says that Fr. Anil
Dev, the priest who led the retreat, has "focused attention on the Word
of God,His love and His sacrifice. He also stressed spiritual and
His words were an inspiration to many. Martin Kujur, secretary of the
parish and one of the participants, says: "Thanks to this charismatic
retreat I renewed my relationship with God and neighbor. I had the great
opportunity for introspection on my spiritual path during the holy
season of Lent. "
“I was more interested to spend time in film than in prayer, more
interested in cell phone than reading Bible. I brought cell phone even
to the church, so much attached but after attending this charismatic
retreat I knew the value of prayer and the grace of God that accompanied
throughout my life,” said Snehakruti Baxla a college student.
The spiritual exercises were led by Fr. Anil Dev, a member of the
Indian Missionary Society (IMS) and president of the Regional Pastoral
Team for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Varanasi. His presence was
strongly supported by the parish priest. Fr. Anil is an esteemed
preacher and is also the head of Matridham Ashram ( "House of Mother")
of Varanasi, the spiritual and contemplative IMS center dedicated to the
The ashram is a perfect example of spiritual coexistence between
Christians and Hindus. About the center, Fr. Anil says that "it is a
place open to all who are searching for something in a genuine way,
irrespective of any caste or creed. We sincerely welcome all people of