Day 3: Discernment, social media, and the mission to love
By Bro. June Clark Solas and Bro. John Philippe Sosongco
The third day of 13th RAYNS started with Lauds and Meditation at the seminary facade at 6:15 AM participated by all seminarians and RAY delegates in honor of St. Thomas of Villanova. It was briefly followed by breakfast at the seminary refectory.
The talk started at 8:30 AM by speaker Fr. Jason Laguerta. His talk was about “Discernment on Vocation and Mission”. He started it with a quote, “May mga bagay na dapat kang pumili at may mga bagay na dapat mong pag-isipan.” (There are times that you need to choose, and there are times that you need to think). He also gave the definition of the word discernment and its etymology.
He highlighted the talk with the elements of the discernment, and followed it up by the practical steps in discerning on one’s vocation. He ended the talk by leaving a quote, “Pumili ng may pananampalataya” (Choose with faith).”
After the first session, a talk show about the different vocations was held. The speakers were Rev. Fr. Allan Jacinto, OAR the national vocation director; and Sr. Lucile Encabo, AR, the AR Sisters national vocation directress; Ms. Maria Theresa Arangco for the single blessedness; Mr. and Mrs. John Cabanes for the married life; and Bro. Kirvie Bodiongan and Bro. John Philippe Sosongco.
Each one shared his and her experiences on how his or her vocation came about. During the open forum, a lot of Raysters were inspired by the journey of Fr. Allan and Sr. Lucile with their inspiring stories on how they discerned in finding their vocation. The session ended with final words from the speakers in what advice can they give on the youth who are discerning on their vocation.
In the afternoon Fr. Francis Lucas talked about digital world and the youth evangelization. He pointed out the importance of social media and how it became a massive trend. Before he started the talk, he tested the knowledge of the Recollect Augustinian Youth (RAY) on what’s trending in social media now. He also pointed some important facts about depression, suicide, teenage pregnancy and self-destruction.
At 6 PM, everyone gathered at the chapel for the Eucharistic celebration in honor of St. Thomas Villanova, which was presided by Fr. Allan Jacinto, OAR. In his homily, Fr. Jacinto highlighted the three symbols in the logo of the Order. In addition, he challenged the RAY to stand in their decision as they take part of the mission to embrace their vocation.
“We are capable of doing something bigger by loving our vocation,” he said. Everyone went to the Seminary Gymnasium for the Lucenarium, service of light, and Confession integrated with Night Prayer. It started at 8 and ended at 10 PM with a dance animation headed by the second year in formation and other seminarians.