All was clear that the Holy Spirit was at work, touching and cleansing every soul during the Reach Out Mbuya Community Health Initiative (ROM) staff retreat held on Friday 14th October 2022 at Banda site. Beyond their current circumstances- be it blessings or struggles, they all looked up to the Almighty God and thanked Him for the far He has brought them.
Through prayer, mediation, praise and worship, members of staff longed for God to give them the grace to overcome the challenges they encounter in life, and be strong enough to fulfill their purpose on earth.
Rev. Fr. John Baptist Bashobora from the Archdiocese of Mbarara who was the main celebrant of the mass encouraged them to shift from darkness to blessings as this is the only way they can overturn the spirits of Baal and Jezebel that are common in human life. Citing Psalms 70, Fr. Bashobora asked the believers to always seek the Lord and be glad in Him through contemplation and believing in Him whom they praise. (Graciously rescue me, oh God. Come quickly to save me Lord. Psalms 70:1)
“When the Holy spirit comes into us, we are able to speak like the one we praise. To love mother Mary, you must take up her way of life.” He said. “When you are afflicted, call for God to help you.” He added. Mother Mary is remembered for her utmost faith in God, humility, blind obedience, charity and heroic patience among others.
Fr. Bashobora also shared that we are all created to care about others for the glory of God, and guided by the promised Holy spirit, we are able to do good things through connecting with Christ Jesus. For this reason, he encouraged everyone to drop selfishness by shifting from the ‘Me’ ideology and let others enjoy the available opportunities. He sarcastically joked about those who overcharge others in whatever trade they do, for this is idolatry that confirms them as sorcerers.
The joyful day was crowned with as special thanks giving event by the staff who also received anointing from Fr. Bashobora.