by Joelouis Anne A. Odquin
Posted on 2019-12-10 16:35:17
“Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.” These are but few words in the English language but on the 24th to 26th of July, in St. Paul University Dumaguete, together with the other Paulinians from the region of Visayas and Mindanao, these words became the core, the thrust and the reminder of how capable the youths of today are in responding to the call of mission through the celebration of the Paulinian Youth in Worship.
As part of the welcome rites, the PYW participants were gathered in the Mere Maria Hall to exchange their “pasalubong” which represents the place where they came from. The SPC sisters and the Paulinian students not only showcased the best product they have in their locality but also the trademark that always makes a Paulinian identified----warm, simple, and active---through sharing and being open to other participants.
Going back through time, remembering the journey of the very first SPC sisters who laid their feet in Dumaguete in the year 1904 in response to Bishop Rooker’s invitation in preserving, nurturing, and strengthening the Catholic Faith through education, as the participants also converse with one another to share their faith and life story in A Walk to Remember from the SPUD grounds to the Cathedral Church of Dumaguete where the very first Saint Paul University stood its foundation and started their mission.
With sturdy roots that creeps from its humble beginnings to the present, which has always been beautifully told in narratives that have been kept alive even until now, not only we, Paulinians are gifted with a great history, but also we are imbued with talents that we are to embodied and share with others.
The spirit of charism was made more evident in the Paulinian Star on the 2nd day of the PYW where Paulinians from different Paulinian Schools were made as one to show that they are truly gifted through various performances held at Fr. Louis Chauvet Hall.
As what the saying goes, “a family that prays together, stays together”, during the Night of Worship, the Paulinian family through their personal prayers gathered into one has heightened their experience of faith showing that they are truly gifts given to represent not the future but the present of the Catholic Faith and our country. Being gifted is not only limited in sharing our talents and skills to our neighbors, it also means praying for them and being a blessing through exemplifying that we are beloved leading them closer to God.
A 21st century youth is the present, as how they are described, they are dynamic, overflowing with blessings, willing and open to learn and to grow when provided with opportunities to do so. And, as Paulinian Youths, we are challenged to be committed to act on something more than ourselves. Are you willing to take on the challenge of being Beloved, Gifted and Empowered?