Cardinal Advincula: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening

Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula congratulated the graduates of San Carlos Seminary in his homily on March 23, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected on how every graduation is a moment of grace and thanksgiving.

He added, “Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of memory in our journey of faith.  In Evangelii Gaudium,” he said, “The joy of evangelizing always arises from grateful remembrance: it is a grace which we constantly need to implore.”

“Graduations are not just about academic achievements or fulfillment of requirements. They are markers that point you to the journey ahead, indicators that you still have so much to learn and discover about life and God’s plan for you.”

Cardinal Advincula also shared that the journey of the seminarians in seminary formation is modeled after the journey of Jesus; adding that their stay will not be measured on the awards they will receive but on how close they have become to be an imitation of Christ.

He said, “A seminarian who has not developed intimacy with Christ after all these years in seminary training is like a fisherman who has never dived into the sea or a farmer who has not touched the ground.”

“Graduation, more than anything else, is the moment when you will say to Jesus, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will. I am ready for more. I would like to surrender all. Like St. Michael the Archangel, you will declare your allegiance to the Lord and you will defend and live by your faith until the end. Like St. Francis of Assisi, you will renounce everything to follow Jesus in simplicity, humility, and poverty.””

“May this graduation be an occasion for you to commit yourself to becoming spirit-filled evangelizers and missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.”

This batch’s graduates were the Classes of Saint Michael the Archangel – Discipleship Stage, and Saint Francis of Assisi – Configuration Stage. (By Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)


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