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Be gentle as doves, bishops tells seminarians

Bishop Crispin Varquez delivering his homily during the Holy Spirit Mass and founding anniversaries of SJN and NLCS on June 16, 2017. (Photo by Fr. Dale Oliver Perez)

BORONGAN CITY, June 19, 2017-Addressing the largest number of seminarians in a school year in this diocese, the local prelate urged them to become “gentle as doves but wise as snakes.”

Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez reminded the seminarians that in today’s world, priests must learn how to move in the world.

“Kailangan natin ng mga paring marunong gumalaw sa mundo,” he quipped.

Seminarians, as future priests, must know how to live in the world but at the same time hold fast to their principles as disciples of Christ, the bishop added.

“Dapat manatili siya sa mundo at maging tao pero dapat niyang tandaan na siya ay patungo sa Diyos,” Varquez furthered.

He said that seminarians must be able to integrate the pillars of their seminary formation, especially spirituality and apostolate that are mostly taken for granted.

“Keep the balance,” Bishop Varquez said.

A heathy sense of “self-worth” should also be present in a seminarian, the prelate reminded the more than 200 college, senior and junior high school seminarians of the diocese.

“Dapat mayroon tayong tamang pagpapahalaga sa sarili sa likod ng kawalan natin sa buhay,” he said.

This healthy disposition, according to him, will help the seminarians become more available in the Church’s mission.

A “healthy sense of self-worth” is useful in developing one’s “sense of mission and service,” the bishop said.

Bishop Varquez delivered his homily on the occasion of the traditional Holy Spirit mass and founding anniversary of the two seminaries of Borongan.

Established in 1965, Seminario de Jesus Nazareno which houses 145 junior high school seminarians turned 52 this year.

On the other hand, the Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary where 48 college and senior high school seminarians stay was estabished in 1996 and is now on its 21st years. (RJ Abonal / Este News)

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