Perpetual Vows: A Promise for Life

The Communio Class together with Fr. Raymund Festin, SVD (fourth from left), the Provincial Superior of the Philippine Central Province (Photo Credits: Juni Amora Alexander)

 

Congratulations to the Communio Class for their religious profession of Perpetual Vows in the Society of the Divine Word!!!
Frt. Jhun Joel Templa, SVD
Frt. Godofredo Guddie Abaya, SVD
Frt. Ronie Baleli, SVD
Frt. Dennis Ryan Varquez SVD
Frt. Marlon Atenido,SVD

 

“By religious profession members make a public vow to observe the three evangelical counsels. Through the ministry of the Church they are consecrated to God, and are incorporated into the institute, with the rights and duties defined by law.” (Code of Canon Law, par. 654)

As members of a religious institute, the Missionaries of the Divine Word embrace the evangelical counsels, taking the three traditional religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The SVD Missionaries who were also there for the event.

Poverty means that all possessions are held in common and that no member may accumulate wealth. Chastity means more than abstaining from sexual activity and its purpose is to make the religious totally available for service; it is also a sign that only God can completely fill the human heart. For a member of a religious congregation, obedience is not slavishly doing what one is told by the superior but being attentive to God’s will by prayerfully listening to the voice of the person in charge. Ultimately, these vows are lived out within a community and bolstered by a relationship with God.

 

Palm and Passion Sunday (A)

Palm and Passion Sunday

 

Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday (A)

Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalm: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Philippians 2:6-11

 

Matthew 26: 14-27,66

 

Welcome to the Palm and Passion Sunday!

 

Tandaan po ninyo, ang linggong ito ang isa sa mga may pinakamagandang second readings sa buong taon para sa akin. Ito ay galing sa book of St. Paul to the Philippians: at ang mensaheng ito ay produkto ng pagninilay ng first Christian communities. “Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be used for his own advantage.” (Philippians 2:6). Sa simula pa lamang, si Hesus ay talagang banal. Ngunit hindi tumigil si St. Paul doon. Sabi pa niya: “Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. Thus, he humbled himself, by becoming obedient to death, death on the cross!” (Philippians 2:7)

 

Ang Dios na banal ay naging tao, upang ang tao ay maging banal.

 

This is a special time of the year that we stop to remember and bring back the memories leading to our redemption and salvation. Yes, we remember Jesus’ dying and rising, but let us also remember our own dying and rising with him.

 

Let us ponder upon two questions for today:

 

  1. Do I have true sorrow for my sins?

 

Akin bang nararamdaman ang taus-pusong pagsisisi sa aking mga kasalanan? Ngunit hindi lamang iyan – ang pagsisisi ay hindi lamang iyong makaramdam ng kalungkutan, pananangis at pagtanggap ng parusa sa mga kasalanang nagawa ngunit ang pagbabagong-isip.

 

Ang tunay na pagsisisi ay yaong may kasamang paggawa ng  mabuti (Luke 3:8). Samakatuwid, kung ako’y magdarasal, hihingi ng tawad sa Dios, ako ay tunay na nagsisisi kung ang aral ni Hesus ay akin ng isinasabuhay. It is impossible to change if the person cannot and will not change. Change will come if you change. Imposible ang tunay na pagsisisi kung walang bungang pagbabago sa ugali.

 

  1. Am I willing to carry my own cross?

 

May story ako na naalala ko pa mula sa aking auntie na aking guro noong high school. Sabi niya, one day, a man complained to Christ dahil masyadong mabigat ang krus na kanyang dala. Then dinala siya ni Hesus sa isang lugar na puno ng krus. sabi ni Hesus, pili ka ng krus mo dyan.

 

So, ibinaba nya yong kanyang krus at nagsimula siyang umikot. He saw a very small cross, binuhat niya, then sabi niya: ang gaan naman. So ibinaba niya at naghanap ulit. May nakita siyang malaking krus, binuhat niya, ngunit sabi – sobrang bigat naman!

 

So, hanap siya ng hanap ng krus na babagay sa kanya. Naikot niya ang buong lugar ngunit wala siyang mahanap na krus na sakto lamang sa kanya.

 

Then, all of a sudden, in a corner, may nakita isang krus, hindi masyadong Malaki, hindi rin masyadong maliit. He carried it, not so heavy, not too light. Kaya sabi niya kay Hesus, “yes, Jesus, ito na ang napili kong krus!”

 

Jesus laughed at him. Sabi ni Hesus, that’s the same cross you complained about!

 

Brothers and sisters, while we ponder on the sufferings of Christ, let us also be mindful to accept our own sufferings, knowing that God never gives us trials beyond our capacity. (1 Corinthians 10:13). His grace is always enough for us.

 

Have a meaningful and prayerful holy week po.

 

This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. Witness to the Word.

 

 

 

 

Christ the King House of Spirituality (Freinademetz Center)

The former Finnemann building inside the Christ the King Mission Seminary is now named Christ the King House of Spirituality (Freinademetz Center). It was blest and inaugurated last February 24, 2017. Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD, the outgoing Provincial Superior of the SVD Philippines Central Province, presided the blessing.

 

 

This new center is open for spiritual retreats and recollections, worship meetings and conferences, and many other religious activities. It is located inside the compound of Christ the King Mission Seminary, E. Rodriguez, Sr. Ave., Quezon City.

 

Photo and Text Credit: Fr. Ronald Rey Espartinez, SVD

Photo and Text Credit: Fr. Ronald Rey Espartinez, SVD

 

Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD

Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD

 

SVD Missionaries and Friends were present

SVD Missionaries and Friends were present

 

Facade of the Building

Facade of the Building

 

 

Rooms

Rooms

 

Multi-Purpose Room

Multi-Purpose Room

 

Chapel

Chapel

 

Session Rooms

Session Rooms

 

Comfort Room

Comfort Room

 

Terrace

Terrace

 

Ground Floor

Ground Floor

 

Session Room

Session Room

 

Session Room

Session Room

 

This building used to be the residence for the associate (young professionals), first year and second college seminarians of the Divine Word Missionaries. Today, the community of seminarians stays at the Buttenbruch Building of the Christ the King compound.

 

 

We thank the following SVD educational Institutions in the Central province for sponsoring the new house of spirituality:

 

 

1) St. Jude Catholic School of Manila,
2) Divine Word College of Legaspi City,
3) Divine Word College of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
4) Divine Word College of Calapan,
5) SVD Provincialate.

 

 

The renovation and refurbishment took 8 months to finish.

 

 

Busog!

Credit: Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD

Credit: Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD

 

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Summer Courses on Missiology

Summer Courses on Missiology

offered by the

Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies…

Credit: DWIMS

Credit: DWIMS

Mission Orientation Course for Outgoing Missionaries

 (Alis Bayan)

May 7- 20, 2017

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Missiology Course on Interculturality and Prophetic Dialogue

(for Superiors, Formators, Mission Directors and Catechetical Coordinators)

May 22-27, 2017

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Mission Orientation Course for Returning and Incoming Missionaries

(Balik Bayan/ Dating Bayan)

May 28 – June 11, 2017

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New Evangelization in School Setting

June 19-25, 2017

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Missiology Course for Indigenous Peoples’ Missionaries and Workers

July 2-9, 2017

 

Kalinga sa Pagtulog

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

In Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center’s desire to offer care to the marginalized especially the homeless, we launch tonight the “Kalinga sa Pagtulog” – a Night Shelter Program. Meet our first of the 15 beneficiaries.
We hope to do this on an experimental basis of 2 nights a week, from 8pm-6am the following day. It begins with a registration followed by hygiene and showers; then prayers and life sharing; lastly, preparing their mats and blankets.
Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

With a secured place for the night and a prayer, they wake up fresh and ready to face again tomorrow. You are most welcome to come and visit us.
Meet Jesus among the poor. 😀
Credit:Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD
Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Misericordia et Misera in Smokey Mountain

The Parish of Risen Christ

The Parish of Risen Christ

Many thanks to the faithful of the Risen Christ Parish in Smokey Mountain, Tondo who came para sa aking talk on Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery), the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis. Salamat din sa aking classmate na si Fr. Jhonatan Letada, the parish priest. The photo above was taken when I arrived before the 6 pm Holy Mass.

 

Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

Together with Fr. Jhonatan Letada, SVD and some of the parishioners

This is the first time for me to give a talk about the latest apostolic letter of Pope Francis within the Archdiocese of Manila. The deal started during the ordination last week when Fr. Jhonatan invited me to come to his parish so that we could celebrate our 8th sacerdotal anniversary together. However, I told him that I could not be available on December 6, our anniversary, because I would have a talk at the San Antonio de Padua Parish in Los Baňos on the same topic.

 

 

I then suggested to him that I give a talk about Misericordia et Misera. He immediately set the date: December 13. I said yes immediately with the condition that it must be free. #fortheSVD. And yes, the rest is history.

 

 

After the talk, we had dinner together. Then, he gave me a cellophane of chocolate as a token of appreciation. LIKE! I went back to Christ the King Seminary in the evening with a very wide smile. It was a very wonderful day.