Thursday, January 31, 2008

All of us have STORIES!!

Its been 5 weeks attending CPE. I am so tensed up, with lots of work to do for this course and lots of reflection. I have never experience such tensed situation in the seminary. While all this going on, the feedback from my supervisors are disheartening too. One of them came up with the opinion that i do not have a priestly vocation. Yes, even my spiritual directors were shocked! In 5 weeks my supervisors can come up with that opinion whereas the same vocation stories shared to bishops, priests, aspirants and laity for the past 8years has been affirming. Hahaha i don't know! This call for lots of reflection!

Anyway back to what i wanted to post....STORIES!! Yes all of us have stories; happy ones, sad ones, emo ones, etc. But who is listening? Who has time to listen? In CPE, i am called to listen to those stories of the people i meet and help them find meaning and answers. Actually the answers are all in the stories itself.

Every morning, since i started taking this course i have been traveling in 2 busses and 1 train service to the hospital and when i look at the faces of the people taking the same transport with me, i see faces of stories...a mother, a father, school going children, a wife, a husband, old man, a young adult, etc. All of them have stories. I use to wonder what type of stories they have. Yes, i would like to listen!

But for a Christian, what type of story a Christian has or should have? It should be this..."This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Saviour all the day long. This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Saviour all the day long" - from the hymn Blessed Assurance.
Yes for a Christian his or her story is Christ! He or she is called to be the Light of the World. Sadly i have yet to hear any story of praising the Lord! I hope mine will be that STORY!!