Plain and Simple | Cleansing of the Church

I grew up with my faith- that the Church is the bride of Christ.
As a young boy in our hometown, my parents always brought me to our Sunday mass. Not only that, they made us pray the rosary every night before we slept. And though, we parroted the words, we knew we were praying.

A family that prays together stays together, so we were catechized. That was the simplest intro of my Catholic faith.
Then I studied at the Assumption School, managed by the Assumption sisters from Canada. Then the nuns taught us to nourish our faith with reading the Bible passages and personal reflections. We had retreats and it was best because retreats brought us closer to each other in school.

First year to fourth year, we had catechism classes and yes, retreats. We were serious with those retreats. We were serious with our schooling.

The Canadian nuns in a provincial school in Monkayo taught us to speak English, written and oral. It was a good training because many of the Assumption graduates are doing well now, e.g. Atty Ruben Abarquez, for Deped Regional Director Susan Basanes Estigoy, Fr Bobby Genilla, the late Atty Marcos Risonar, and yes PMAer Cesar Mancao.

But back to my Catholic faith. I served the Church in Monkayo dedicated to St Ignatius de Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits who owns all Ateneo schools.

I was an altar boy and enjoyed being one. I served so many parish priests, and many of them left the ministry to get married.

But I admired them for their faith and leadership.

Their living the ministry did not bother me. It did not discourage me from joining the religious Brothers of the Sacred Heart, this congregation of men dedicated to the heart of Christ. They are not priests; they are called brothers, living like brothers to all especially the unfortunates.

While in the brothers in Catalunan Grande, Davao City, we received the formation of being brothers in the Church. We studied the charism of our Institute, studied and pondered why our founder founded us after the French revolution.

We studied our constitution, our rule of life, our vows. After the studies, we pondered on them. We spent days and weeks of reflection and prayer, so we would internalize our calling as brothers.

These subjects were studied over and above our AB classical classes. Grammar. Literature. Math. Algebra. Science. History. Rizal. Taxation. Philosophy (lots of them). Music. And yes Sports. Gymnastics.

In short, it was not just classes really, but formation. We pondered on our history of salvation, Christology, Gospels, whew ang dami!.But faith is more than just studies. It was a life lived in constant awareness of God who is merciful and loving.

But we were also taught that the challenges are many when we follow Christ. When we lived the gospel, the trials are so much.
“Di lalim ang pagsunod kang Christo daghang tunok ang dalan na agian mo” ( It is never easy to follow Christ. There are so many thorns on the road).

It’s cleansing time for the Church, cleansing for the hierarchy and for God’s people.

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