KOTA KINABALU – In conjunction with Vocation Sunday, 22 Apr 2018, four Initiation Year students from St Peter’s College here, shared their vocation stories with 26 neophytes from English RCIA class of 2017/2018 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre Karamunsing.
The seminarians were Brywinedren Godon and Timothy Galisin of Keningau Diocese, Jonathan Seah Kang Wai of Sandakan Diocese and Gary Aquinas anak Boniface of Sibu Diocese.
Seminarian Jonathan started with an opening prayer and brief explanation about vocation. He said one should not be scared but to respond because it may be God who is calling.
Seminarian Timothy shared the story of a shepherd and his sheep. He said, “The shepherd broke the legs of the sheep and then carries it. The sheep will remember that moment.”
He continued, “Are we good sheep? Are we trying our best to follow Jesus? Listen to the Shepherd. Ask yourself. Does God wants me to follow this way?”
Seminarian Brywine then shared his vocation story. He said, “Deep in my heart, I know it was God who called me. It took me one and a half years to see why I refused to enter the seminary. I was waiting for the right moment. This worry became an obstacle to see God’s grace.” He regretted the lost years but added, “Life is about going forward. Make peace with your regrets.”
In his turn, David Tan, RCIA facilitator, asked the neophytes, “As Catholics, are we serious with our vocation?’
There was another vocation sharing before the concluding prayer by this writer. – Gary Aquinas