Priestly Ordination

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MANILA, Philippines - A writer once said, "When one becomes a priest, he must be a little crazy." I guess there's some truth there because when one takes upon himself a perpetual commitment to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience, he is trying to accomplish something that's almost humanly impossible.* * *Because of the sacrifice, discipline, and total dedication demanded by the vocation, it's no surprise that only a few make it to the priesthood. When I entered the seminary as a high school undergraduate, we were seven in our batch.* * *But as we progressed through the years, our number dwindled until only one got ordained priest. Modesty aside, that one was me.I bragged jokingly: "I was the valedictorian of our class." For the simple reason that I was the only survivor!* * *Yesterday, December 4, five SVD deacons of Class "Xin Ya" were ordained priests at the Divine Word Seminary Holy Spirit Chapel, Tagaytay City, with Gumaca, Quezon, Bishop Buenaventura Famadico, DD, as ordaining prelate.The newly ordained priests and their mission assignments are: Reverend Fathers Garry Bacol, Argentina; Antonio Gilberto Marqueses, Philippines Central Province; Manuel Mijares, Philippines South; Joey Ruega, Philippines Central Province; and Wang Peng Fei, Kenya-Tanzania.* * *When one is ordained a priest, the anointing of holy oil or the imposition of the bishop's hands doesn't take away the young man's unique personality, his human weaknesses, or his sexual drives.Because priests are only human, they need prayers. Lay people keep on asking their priests to pray for them but do they also pray for their priests?* * *PRIESTS NEED AFFIRMATION. Just like any other person, a priest gets discouraged and may stumble. He needs now and then a dose of appreciation, affirmation, and support.Because of the prying eyes and sharp tongues of people, sometimes the priest does not know where to put himself. …