Depositing into others' Emotional Bank Accounts

ONE can "deposit" into the "Emotional Bank Accounts" (EBA) of others by small acts of courtesy, keeping promises and apologising for one's mistakes. Alternatively, one can also debit from others' EBA by doing the reverse.

This was one lesson some 30 young working adults learnt during the Spiritual Weekend conducted by the Catholic Fellowship group from Blessed Sacrament Church. The weekend, held at the Franciscan Retreat Centre in Jurong, was conducted by Canossian Sister Elizabeth Sim. It aimed at helping participants deepen their relationship with God, learn how to forgive and resolve conflicts, and manage their time effectively "We are held higher than the angels, for they are never called sons or daughters of God," Sr. Elizabeth reminded participants in one of her sessions.
In another activity conducted by Franciscan Friar Clifford Augustine, participants were led to analyse Dutch painter Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son. The aim of the whole session was to help participants focus on their dignity as children of God.

One participant, Mr Albert Tan, 32, felt that the retreat was a "good energy booster", helping him to put "life into perspective" once again.

Catholic Fellowship holds prayer meetings every first and third Sun day of the month. Interested young working adults aged 18-35 may contact Angela Chai (9208-3185) or e-mail (

The Catholic News (July 26, 1998)

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