BULACAN, Aug. 11, 2015 – “Somebody who prays is someone who serves and he who serves ought to pray.”
This is what Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral and guest professor at ICMAS-GST, told seminarians of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) Graduate School of Theology (GST) during their monthly recollection on Aug. 7 to 8, 2015 at the GST Chapel. The theme of the recollection was “Men of Prayer called to be Leaven of Holiness and Truth”.
“There should be no dichotomy between prayer and ministry,” he said.
The priest further said ministry is the way to follow Jesus and therefore ministry is not in conflict with prayer and spirituality. He also asked the seminarians to reflect if they identify their work with prayer. “Our work should be energized by prayer and contemplation,” he said.
Malicdem reflected upon the dynamics of prayer in the ministry compared to the seminary life. “There is a format of prayer in the seminary, we are taught how to pray,” he explained. “However, it is different when we are in the parish, we pray alone. Thus, we ought to understand how to pray as diocesan priests,” he added.
“As seminarians and future priests, you prayers should be apostolic,” he said.
According to Malicdem, apostolic prayer means praying for others and not merely prayers for oneself. “The ministry of the priests is geared towards others and our work for them should be accompanied by prayers,” he stressed.
Aside from the conferences, the recollection included Holy Hour and Penitential Service, group sharing, concluding with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. (Arvin Ray Jimenez/CBCPNews)