Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Formation

(not my own)

Since I have friends who are priests and religious, I'll just share my thoughts related to being a committed to that vocation. Before being ordained or professing any vow, there is a formation. Actually, sacrament has this "pre-sacramental" seminar. There is this preparation before receiving a sacrament. Before becoming a priest, deacon, nun, brother, or other related life endeavor, one has to enter the formation. The formation is a discernment process to listen to what God is telling you. Honestly, I think life is a whole discernment process.

 

Ipagdasal mo ang nararamdaman mo at magreflect ka kung anong greatest desire mo. Ano ba talaga ang greatest desire mo? Huwag mong masyadong pansinin ang mixed emotions na nararamdaman mo. Ano ba ang makakapagpasaya sa'yo? Kapag sinunod mo ba ang makakapagpasaya sa'yo, mas mapapagsilbihan mo ba ang Panginoon? Or pinipilit mo lang na gawin itong isang bagay na ito sa pag-aakalang mas fruitful ang ganitong paraan ng paglilingkod sa Diyos. Even if it is the slightest thing, as long as you find joy in it, it is worth offering to God. Pero kung yung ginagawa mo is para ma-please ang nasa paligid mo, yet you do not find joy in it. Yung tipong napipilitan ka lang kasi ito ang gusto ng iba at ito ang dapat gawin pero hindi ka naman masaya. Tingin mo ba, okaley itong i-offer sa Panginoon? There is no love in it. If you are happy, then there is love. Offer things to God out of love.

 

I-discern mong maigi. Paano ipinaparamdam sa iyo ni God na mas tinatawag ka niya para maging alagad niya bilang isang pari? Or pwede ring para sabihin Niyang you can serve Him with all your heart but it does not mean that you have to become a priest. Where do you see loving God more? Saan mo mas nakikitang kailangan mo at mas gusto mong pagsilbihan ang Panginoon?

 

So sa priesthood, nandyan din ang isa pang discernment. Do you feel that you want to serve the diocese or are you attracted to the charisms of the Religious life? Saan mo mas gustong kasama ang Panginoon. Still about your greatest desires. Huwag mong isipin yung tungkol sa mababang rate ng nagiging pari. Don't make being a priest as an obligation to the community, to God. Huwag mo ring isipin na magbebenefit ang Catholic community kapag naging pari ka. Magpapari ka dahil gusto mong ipadama ang pagmamahal mo kay God sa pagiging pari. Gusto mo at hindi gusto ng iba para sa iyo.

 

Kapag pinili mong lumabas, it won't make you love or serve God less. It is about how you want to serve God. How can you serve God with all your heart? Kapag lumabas ka, do you feel that you can serve God more with all your heart? Dahil meron kang mixed emotions, kapag pinili mong lumabas, ang babae bang gusto mo would bring you closer to God? Ang pagkakaroon mo ba ng "human romantic relationship" magiging daan para maging mas mabuti kang alagad ng Diyos? Do you still love God more even if you chose her?

 

If you choose to stay, stay committed. And if you still choose to leave after many decades, sana mahintay mo ang release sa'yo. Stay in the Catholic faith.

 

Kailangan mas mahal si God. Kapag nauna si God, everything follows. Tandaan mo, ang bokasyon hindi lamang para sa pag-papari, madre, religious. A married life is also a vocation. Vocation is a lifetime commitment, our way of life. Everything you do, offer it to God.

 

What is your greatest desire?

 

Pray well. Your choice. If you are happier with your choice, then you will be able to love and serve God more.

 

You serve God because you love God. How can you show your true love to God?

AMDG

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