Best Laid Plans

I thought I had my life planned out. Find a good job, travel the world, serve in Church, fall in love, get married, have kids, move back to the province... Before I entered the seminary, I thought I had already some of them in place. I had a job that…

Always be True

Part of our human formation program is to have a counselor. In my counseling sessions, I am reminded of my true self; of who I am completely. I am known by the community to be intelligent and analytical, quiet and reserved, slow and shy, responsible and critical. But the Lord…

How Do You Measure Love?

During my summer apostolate in the mountains of Porac, I conducted a Bible story-telling with the Aeta children. I curiously asked them, “What is love?” One of them raised her hand enthusiastically and she innocently replied, “Apin itang balang mumuli ya y tatang ku ibat obra at makyalung ya kekami.…

I am for Jesus

“I’ am a priest-in-process.” This is such a strong and ambitious claim that entails a lot of expectations in my seminary formation. This challenges me to configure my life to that of Christ, for being in the configuration stage of formation. In seminary journey, the invitations and opportunities to be…

The Fault in Our Love

In one way or another, we all have hurt or wounded other people or have been wounded by them by their words or actions. Most hurtful are the wounds we inflict or receive from our loved ones, those whom we least expect will hurt us because by virtue of our…

God’s Generosity

The Gospel reading today portrays God as father who would do and give everything for the happiness and contentment of his children. And this is true, even when we understand this generosity of God according to our own interest. We set what we believe is good for us and expect…

Signified by Signs

Signs are technically important so as to be mindful of what they implicate. For example, a sign of a “skull” in muriatic acid symbolizes poison that means, once ingested, it can be lethal. Signs are also important in our life of faith because they lead us to an encounter with…

DAILY BREAD

At home, we have two dogs: Toby, a Labrador Retriever, and Cholo, a Shih Tzu. Their daily routine is to sleep, wake up, go for a morning walk, eat, play, and sleep again. They do not do any laborious work but they are able to eat daily. During meal times,…

Focused on Christ

As a priest-in-process, there are many demands from us that need to be done. There are many tasks that need to be accomplished. In my second year in formation, I have the tendency to be so focused on the many things that I need to do and accomplish. It is…

Saying Yes to God

“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” As we now begin a new liturgical season, the Lenten Season, the Gospel today is reminding me of the invitations of the Jesus to his disciples. To me, these are…