Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Que nos lleva a la felicidad

Ha sido un buen día de vocación. Estoy ahora en un encuentro de los que van a profesar los votos perpetua que empezó desde ayer. La mañana ha sido una buena experiencia de recorrer de nuevo la llamada de Dios a mi y la historia de su salvación en mi vida. Toda la tarde nos reíamos con las experiencias graciosas de cada uno de nosotros. Nos reíamos de la manera que Dios nos llamó. Es una maravilla escuchar los acontecimientos de cada uno, y de como ell@s habían sido llamados en este vida religiosa. Me hace feliz escuchando de que ell@s están felices y contento de ser religios@s aunque sea el mismo "ser religios@" es una cuestión que el resto del mundo no entiende y muchas veces les odian. Me hace feliz de que cada uno fue y sigue siendo tocado por Dios para amarle y para amar a su prójimo. Me hace feliz el saber de que Dios está haciéndoles felices en la vida aunque a veces les cuesta, no entendía lo que pasaba en su vida, no veía claro la llamada y la respuesta a esta llamada.

Al final del día fuimos a jugar fútbol - las monjas, que eran mas o menos 15, contra los cinco seminaristas y un cura (por eso claro ganaron). Nos reíamos un rato jugando con el balón, con toda las consecuencias del jugar el fútbol, hasta que llegó la hora de completas. Lleguemos a la capilla, chorreando, felices y contento por lo que ha pasado este día.

Al final, creo que la definición de la vocación que intentábamos definir está mañana, ha tenido su razón a lo largo del día. La definición que nosotros 35 participantes, de 17 países, de 22 o 23 congregaciones hicimos fue: una llamada gratuita y respuesta gratuita al proyecto de amor de Dios que nos lleva a la felicidad. QUE NOS LLEVA FELICIDAD. Pues sí, esa frase ha tenido su sentido hoy.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I'll be Schooling Forever

I officially started going to school when I was 5. But years before that, when I was three, my grandfather started to teach me all about the sea and all its creatures, the universe, the names of the different constellations in the sky. At that age, I knew already why the sky is blue, scientifically explained, and why everything are kept intact on the ground, the gravitational force of the earth, etc etc. Then I was accelerated to grade one when I was six. During that time only those who have seven years of age are allowed to start going to  elementary school.

Six years of elementary and intermediate schooling, then four years of secondary education. At the age of sixteen I started studying Computer Engineering at the used to be called AMA Computer College now AMA Computer University. I was forced to stop for a semester due to financial crisis in the family. I transferred to Aquinas Univerity of Legazpi. Then came the Claretians who invited me to come and see their way of life and of their mission. I was deeply encouraged that I left my career, one year before graduation.

When I entered Claret, I decided to take the entire four years of Philosophy. After taking Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy minor in Psychology, I have had to take another bachelors course - Bachelor in Sacred Theology and at the same time Masters in Pastoral Ministry at Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University. But in the middle of my theology course, I was asked to pull myself out of Ateneo to come here in Spain and continue studying there. My course was changed to  Licenciate in Eclesiastical Studies at the Facultad de Teología de Granada affiliated to the University of Granada. It was a mess. I have had to repeat some subjects due to the different system of credits or units. There had been a time that I felt like I do not want to study anymore.

It was a big relief that I already finished my studies yesterday. And I even posted on Facebook that everything ends here. I just realized now that I guess I was wrong. This is just the end that leads to a new beginning. I realized that schooling never ends with graduation. Life itself is a never-ending course, a never ending cycle of learning. I'll be studying forever then. This time, more of learning from the realities in life, realities of life, and of realities with life.