Throughout the past couple of weeks, I have found myself stressed out about the workload that has been given to me, along with the formation schedule. As per Semester, in the middle of the academic term, I and the other seminarians have a tendency to be swamped by our academic work. As this happens to me, I tend to, first, give up the gym so that I have more time to worry about my academic workload. And, if this does not give me enough time to handle my work, I then shave off some time that I would spend in prayer. But, by visiting Our Lady of Hope Parish for Vocations Awareness Week, two weekends ago, I was reminded of the first priority of a seminarian, and it is not the academics. No, in fact, it is growing deeper in my personal relationship with God. This, however, can only be achieved, firstly, through prayer, and then, secondly, through my studies. I believe that when I begin to neglect God in the Blessed Sacrament, I begin to cease trusting in God. And so, when I lack this trust, thereof, I begin to try to do things on my own, thus, taking God out the picture; taking God’s will for me out of sight. As I am reminded that prayer ought to come before anything else, I then realize that it is only through Christ, I can do all things. And by realizing this simple phrase, I know that my work, my studies, will get done on time if only I put God first. This goes for all aspects of our lives. If we put God first, He will give us the strength to accomplish any task that we might think is overbearing and arduous. And when we come to accomplish those tasks of ours, with God, we come to see that they were not so difficult in the first place.
I pray as the semester comes quickly to a close for students everywhere, we all might seek God first and foremost, so that, we may be strengthened by Him, to accomplish all the difficulties we face in our lives.