by BCBP Editor

By Nancy R. Catan, BCBP Manila

NAC35 assembly mla chapterHave you experienced the uplifting joy of worshiping and praising the Lord in unity with over 4000 people? Have you felt your anxieties fade away as they are overcome by the smiles, happy greetings, and joyous friendship of the people around you?

We have just come from the 35th National Anniversary Celebration of the BCBP, Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, held May 1, 2 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, where we felt one in spirit with the other delegates. Friday evening saw everyone worshiping and praising God, singing and praying in joyful abandon, listening to uplifting sharings, and praying in small groups for one another’s concerns.

The Saturday morning BCBP Breakfast was immediately followed by a wonderfully inspiring Business Forum highlighting the BCBP’s Advocacy: Confronting Corruption. The talks by prominent speakers focused on how to confront corruption, transparency to sustain economic development, ethical practices for business, and morally upright inclusive growth. Among the speakers and sharers were Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, DPWH Sec Rogie Singson, former COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan, and former Senator Joey Lina. So inspiring to hear how they are being brave and bold in upholding integrity and honesty in the government.

One of the most challenging talks was that of Cardinal Chito Tagle who talked on “Rallying Christians Toward Morally Upright Inclusive Growth”. He exhorted all BCBP members to make sure that their businesses and professions included those most often ignored or forgotten, the people who need most the care, concern, and help from others. It is not enough to be honest in all our dealings, he said, but each one of us needs to be brave, to be bold in reaching out and sharing what we have with those who don’t have. We need to be Christ to others.

After the afternoon’s Holy Mass, the evening’s dinner and program were truly another joyous occasion with lots of songs, laughter, sharing of experiences as we went from table to table, fellowshiping with brothers and sisters from all over the Philippines. And dancing and fun! And the raffles! And the food!

Why do we celebrate anniversaries with such joy? For me, it is a time to renew friendships, to tangibly feel the Spirit moving among us in community, to put my life back into properly focusing on the Lord. I remember that “community” comes from the Greek word koinonia that means unity of heart and mind in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

When like-minded people band together for a common purpose, there results a sharing of values such as the BCBP’s Core Values: Love for God, Love for Country, Love for Others, and Commitment to the Lord’s Work. We are able to draw on the strengths of each member and we learn to benefit from one another’s unique gifts and talents, even as we nourish and are nourished by the care and concern of brothers and sisters in Christ.
This nourishment, this caring, encouragement and support among brothers and sisters in community, the inspiration we get from one another – this is the essence of community!

When I share my story in BCBP breakfasts, I always proclaim that it was only when we, my husband Jun and I, joined the BCBP in 1985, and became integrated into community, that I really felt at home in the Philippines. Thank you, Lord, for community, for the BCBP!

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Jayson Lumbreras - General Trias May 7, 2015 - 12:34 pm

It was truly a wonderful experience attending the BCBP national anniversary every year. Looking forward next year – NAC36. God Bless everyone!


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