Thus, by reflecting on my past in prayer, I realize where my desire for becoming a priest became stronger. Certainly, although at the beginning I was not aware of this gift’s greatness, Jesus as the vine grower was already cultivating my vocation in my heart. It is at this point where I am able to recognize that God is the One who calls and puts this noble desire in my heart instead of me. Despite the great gifts I have received through my short journey as a professional, I have never experienced such a joy and indescribable happiness in my heart until that moment in which I accepted the call of God to the Holy Ministry. Well said St. Agustin: “Our Heart is restless, until they can find rest in you”. In this way I illustrate the journey of discernment in which God in His merciful and loving care, has called me by name. More than ever, we all are called to be sources of faith and hope, through the contemplation of the perfect discipleship of the Virgin Mary, in whom we find an ideal example of sacrifice, love, pureness and service.
May we grow as instruments of Christ, being able to reflect to others His infinite Love, especially, through the exceptional and maternal example of His Blessed Mother. Likewise, may our diocese be nourished with many prayerful and holy vocations to the priesthood in times to come.