Perks of Being an Assistant

I just finished my summer apostolate last month as a seminarian assistant to our Bishop. And just like others, I have so many things to share about my experiences with regard to assisting our dearly beloved Bishop Bobet.

Many would say that being an assistant is quite difficult because of the responsibilities attached to it. It is actually true especially when your assignment is to manage the schedule of a Bishop. But if your Bishop is like Bishop Bobet, your experience will be as rich as  your seminary formation in its actuality. Continue reading Perks of Being an Assistant

Going Back to Basics

It has been a month since I had my shoulder surgery and as of now I am still undergoing weekly therapy as part of my recovery. So, I am able to meet new people, therapists and patients alike. I am not that kind of guy who will talk to people whom I do not know yet. I usually observe people and their actions first before approaching or initiating the first move.

As I observed people inside the rehabilitation center, I noticed patients with different cases; from very simple finger injuries to the most serious accident caused cases. There were many times that I thank the Lord that He only gave me a shoulder surgery compared to a patient who was almost crushed by a 10-wheeler truck trying to regain his strength and hoping that he could walk again. The therapist would usually do an ultra sound on my shoulder before putting an electronic massager and hot compress. This procedure normally lasts for about 20 minutes and while waiting for the massager to finish, I usually look around and observe. If I got a chance to talk to other patients, I do. Continue reading Going Back to Basics

10 Things Seminarians Love in the Seminary

When I was in the cashier, paying my therapy fee in Cardinal Santos, I told the cashier that the payment would be through RCAM because I am a seminarian. To my surprise, she immediately say, ‘Naku, ang sad naman…’ I was speechless and I pondered it until I reached home. What does she mean when she say ‘ang sad naman?‘ Is she referring to our way of life as seminarians or because she thinks that it is sad that I would not be able to marry and have children? Whatever it is, she is so wrong. Living in the seminary and being single for God is not sad or depressing at all as you might think.

Here are some (among the many) of the joyful reasons a seminarian would love doing or having in the seminary. Continue reading 10 Things Seminarians Love in the Seminary

My Surgery Experience – Part 2

And so, my experience continues…

I told myself, with all stupidity, that I would also fight the sleepiness of the anaesthesia and would see how the doctors would work on my shoulder.

The nurse put down my left arm and injected something on the IV without saying what it was. I have not finished praying the Hail Mary when I closed my eyes. Boom! I was so helpless! Hahaha!

When I woke up, I was still groggy. The ceiling lights made me think that it was already morning and I needed to rush to the chapel for our morning prayer. Obviously, I was disoriented and I could feel the nurses pushing me back to the bed as I tried to stand up. When I felt that there was something heavy on my right shoulder and saw the blue sling on my arm, I realized that surgery was over and I was in the recovery room. And so, I slept again… Continue reading My Surgery Experience – Part 2

My Surgery Experience – Part 1

Yes I know that hospital experiences are not good especially for those who are in a life and death situation, but my experience will tell you that there are also many good reasons to be thankful for because of the wonderful experiences and realizations it brings.

Just in case you have not read my previous entry about the miracle I had experienced, click here.  Let me tell you my surgery experience…

My sister said that resting is very important before having surgery. If I do not have enough sleep and rest, and if I have weak immune system before undergoing the surgery, I might get sick after the surgery or I might have some complications. I kept it in mind and planned to really rest well before the special day. Continue reading My Surgery Experience – Part 1

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Do you believe in miracles?

I do.

Two weeks ago I underwent a supposedly rotator cuff repair, a shoulder arthroscopy surgical procedure, and with that, something really good happened.

Five doctors in Cardinal Santos, including the one who read and interpreted the films of my mri, diagnosed my case as Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear, which means the ligament connecting my muscles and my bones in my right shoulder was torn. The pain was terrible and constant, I could barely lift my right arm in sideward motion. Continue reading Do You Believe in Miracles?

Thankful Heart

I have been quiet in the blogosphere for the past two years and I wonder how this hiatus mode affects my reflective side and generosity in sharing my thoughts, reflections and religious experiences.

These past few years were undeniably remarkable as per my seminary formation. There were times that I almost gave up because of intolerable pain and humiliations, fear, frustrations, doubts, and confusions. But what makes it truly remarkable is the fact that I was able to overcome those tensions. Though not perfectly handled, but was able to learn from those difficult experiences. Continue reading Thankful Heart