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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Ignorance is never bliss.

Brother Ceci arrived this morning, amidst the strong winds and light rain. I really don't have access to decent news, so its hard to tell if a storm or a typhoon's up. Pah. I found myself blindly repeating a line I heard more than a handful of times last Friday: “Ignorance is bliss.”

Brother Ceci is wonderful person. As an educator, and as a Lasallian Brother, I would admit that he is one of those persons who have reawakened in me a desire or at the very least, an interest in a life consecrated to service and faith. (translation: a priest or something else) I dunno. I know myself; I know that there's a nurturing side in me that wants to get out fast and make itself known. I am just not sure if that nurturing side will be best answered with attempting to find an intimate relationship, or in Ateneo parlance, becoming “a man for others.” So many questions, not much time to find the answers to them.

His talk for today was surprisingly very relevant to the situation I find myself in. Since this is FORMDEV and we dabble in the life of the Founder, it was fairly expected that he start with something along the lines of St. La Salle's life. His first point focused on those moments in our lives when we can't find answers to the questions we face. He went back to quote one of St. La Salle's prayers, in which the Founder, in the first three years of the founding of the Institute, was constantly praying to God in his search for certainty and stability.

As St. La Salle retired in quiet solitude and started to write his memoirs, he recalled those times when the Institute was still struggling to even ensure the future of their roots in Rheims. He told God that if he only knew what was to become of him and the Institute, he is not sure that he would have even dared to continue along that path.

Along that path. That was the key.

Oftentimes, we compare life to a journey; to a path that we have to take. But contrary to how we see our lives, it is not a path that has already been built for us to travel on. As travelers, we are the ones building our own roads. Every brick laid and every turn made is the result of the things we experience. It is not easy to travel along an unmapped road blindly, and what God asks of us—through His providence, and our faith in Him—is to trust Him enough to realize the masterplan that He has in store for all of us.

“Uncertainty is part of the human condition. There will be times in one's life that daunting questions will arise and come our way. We are never perfect. We are expected to ask questions and seek answers to them. The key is asking the right question, and looking for the right kind of answer.”

Vague, but certainly good food for thought.

Another point Brother Ceci made is that as servants and disciples, we must not only commit ourselves to our work, but more importantly, to the people we care about. That does not only give us our impetus to continue on serving, but more importantly, a sense of fulfillment in the things we do.

Commitment. A very powerful word, even in the hands of the weak. Have I been committed enough to the things and more importantly, to the people I care about?

Reflection time.


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