was an exciting adventure for most of us before joining the seminary. We
were free like birds as life was extremely fabulous because we had almost
no restriction whatsoever. We worked for several years in the parameter
of a fast moving world. We had many opportunities to climb the ladder of
success and to possess whatever we dreamt of since our school days. Our
pragmatism never failed to provide the best to capture and accumulate society's
materialistic needs. Social life, entertainment and extensive travelling
wasn't peculiar for us as it was part and parcel of our routine. We even
had many jobs available to choose and to satisfy our ego. Although two
of us had experienced falling in love but we eventually favored a
life of a different nature.
Our true interest in the
priesthood began when we found there was something abysmally missing in
our lives. We were erring; we wanted to explore, attempt and accomplish
a product of inner joy and serve unconditionally. Hence we reflected and
finally realized that God is inviting us to be His servants. Initially
we were reluctant due to our short-comings and self-centredness. However,
this repetition of call never seemed to cease until we made this courageous
decision to experience life in the seminary.
Eventually we were glad to
be accepted into the Initiation Year. Our life here is very much different
in comparison to our working lives. The training too varies from a normal
college. No doubt there are similarities in the study programs such as
classes, time for lectures, methods of teaching, assignments, sports and
others but the difference is the commitment of the formators, their friendliness
and also the encouragement of fellow seminarians.
Our lives have become more
meaningful especially in the context of prayer life, altar serving and
different methods of meditation. The monthly spiritual direction also further
strengthens and deepens our loving relationship with God.
In the seminary we are also
reminded to be humble, docile and ever willing to learn from the formation
programs. Although there are 'ups' and 'downs' due to our different cultures,
backgrounds and races, we practice tolerance and compromise if something
unusual arises. These help us to grow, work and stay in one big friendly
family spear headed by Jesus our master.
Last but not least, we are
slowly adapting ourselves fruitfully towards the priestly formation. Why
not, like Jesus challenged his disciples, would you too like to ... "Come
and See" (Jn 1:39).