Cardinal Rosales opens nat’l seminarian meet in Bulacan
Hundreds of seminarians gather for the opening Mass of the annual “Kapatiran” gathering of the Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines (SEMNET) at the St. Augustine Parish, Bulacan, Feb. 10, 2018. KENDRICK IVAN PANGANIBAN
BALIUAG, Bulacan – Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales opened the Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines (SEMNET)’s annual “Kapatiran” gathering earlier this morning, pointing out the value of the spiritual life in light of Pastores Dabo Vobis, then Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation on the formation of the clergy, issued March 25, 1992.
“Priests and seminarians should mirror and share the goodness of God. Remember, you will be judged by that,” said the prelate during Mass at the St. Augustine Parish.
He reiterated that the faithful can only imitate the goodness of God through understanding. According to Rosales, God gives people understanding because it allows them to be able to freely respond to His call “to mirror His goodness to people.” “It is as if God is saying: ‘You have to repeat my goodness to people,'” he explained.
He also appealed to seminarians to be “witnesses to suffering.” Rosales said: “God knows we are weak. God knows we are sinful. Yet are we willing to submit ourselves to Him? Are we ready to be humiliated in God’s presence? We should experience humiliation because that is the Cross.” That is the reason, stressed Rosales, why asceticism is needed among priests today. “Sacrifice and self-control therefore is essential,” he added.
The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) of the Diocese of Malolos is this year’s “Kapatiran” host.
Founded in 1991, SEMNET is celebrating 27 years of being “Diverse in Charism, United in Mission”. According to its profile, it aims “to unite students of theology preparing for the priesthood in reflecting the socio-political situations affecting the country, engaging in relevant programs and activities to promote Gospel values and integral human development and sharing insights to facilitate integral formation of seminarians in theology.” CBCPNews