Sunday, October 6, 2019

Soulful Conversation: Spiritual Guidance from a Priest

There are times when we have met people by chance, then became friends or acquaintances. Oftentimes, we have met someone so special to bring the enlightenment and guide our way our spiritual path.

With that special person, I am referring to a Priest who is our Religious leader and with a higher level of holiness. Someone who guides us on our moral actions and the one we seek for blessings as God's chosen disciple.

That was a sunny day at the beachfront restaurant a few weeks ago; September 17 when I had a pleasant conversation with our Parish Priest of   Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Lomboy,  Rev. Father Everett Jeffrey Estrella. He has been serving the Parish since July 2018 and will continue his Religious mission for the next few years. A great mission and service to the Parish and the faithful community. 

I was with my parents and we shared a meal with Fr. Estrella. It was a lunch at our favorite restaurant overlooking the horizon; where the blue sky meets the sea. The gentle waves and the sea breeze were relaxing and the conversation has got a deeper meaning. 

I have some aha moments before, but this time it came from our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Estrella. And whenever I have aha moment, I cherish it and live through its meaning and significance. 

What was that conversation about? It's about the present and future living. It's about following our dreams and desires and making them come true. What struck me most is when he said that the reason why sometimes we don't get what we want in life is that we have too much belief in our human capacity and that we don't back it up with Divine intervention through our deepest faith and prayer. 

Yes we pray, but how come some of our wishes are not granted. We might think that it is in the process. It may just be a delayed answer, or our intention may not be the best for us and not by God's will.

He then revealed that when other people who are so dear to us are praying for us, then God may hear it out loud. God always hears our heart's desires and intentions. For instance, we may be the recipient of the good deeds of our parents. That's like spiritual merit. When our parents pray for us, God truly listens. Our parent's deepest love always saves us.

From that moment, I have thought of the sacrifices of my parents and all the things I have achieved because I believe that they have prayed for me.

That was a soulful conversation. The message was simple, but maybe a challenging thing to do; that is to keep on doing good things and good things will come to you. We plant seeds of goodness, nurture them and cultivate them until such time we reap a fruitful reward.

Our community is blessed to have Rev. Fr. Everett Jeffrey Estrella. He touches the lives of the faithful and deserves utmost reverence. He is a Divine gift to us and we pay the highest gratitude for his love and compassion to everyone. He may leave the Parish in a few years, but his great service and good memories remain in our hearts forever.

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