Faithful reminded: ‘Priests imperfect yet chosen by God’
Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales reminded the faithful from parish lay organizations and religious communities that priests are far from perfect yet are special because they are handpicked by God, during his year’s Theology for the Modern Age (TMA) lecture, Nov. 17, 2018. SEM. JOHN CLINT DE MESA
By Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
Dec. 6, 2018
Giving this year’sTheology for the Modern Age (TMA) lecture on Nov. 17, Dominican preacher Fr. Enrico D. Gonzales reminded the faithful from parish lay organizations and religious communities that priests are far from perfect yet are special because they are handpicked by God.
“In this process, God is the one who chooses his priests. He does not choose perfect priests. He also wishes for each priest being chosen to be holy and an inspiration for the people,” he said in discussing the Year for the Clergy and Consecrated Persons.
Gonzales reflected on this year’s conference theme, “Ang Pari: ‘Pinili mula sa mga tao, upang maglingkod sa Diyos para sa mga Tao” (Heb. 5:1).
Prayer, atonement, reconciliation
Among other things, the priest stressed that priests hold a “great responsibility” because first and foremost, God chooses them among the faithful.
Focusing on some key points on the integral renewal of life among priests, Gonzales reminded the faithful about a number of things necessary to help priests live out their ministry. He said they are: “prayer, which we really need to become more alive in serving the Church; atonement, that reconciliation may be present in mistakes among priests and the people; and charity, which would build up a community of servant leaders.”
TMA through the years
TMA began as Tertio Millenio Adveniente, a series of monthly talks held in the seminary, based on Pope John Paul II’s document in preparation for the Great Jubilee Year 2000. From there, former ICMAS-GST Dean and current seminary rector Fr. Emmanuel I. Cruz developed the program into the Theology for the Modern Age.
This now aimed to engage the faithful serving in the parish formation and catechetical ministries in tackling different theological topics while “reading the signs of the times for the Church in the Third Millenium.”