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RIP: Fr. Antonio Enacmal SVD

Fr. Antonio, or Fr. Tony, as he was called, was born in Sariaya, Quezon. He was ordained priest in 1968. His first assignment was as an assistant priest in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. The next 29 years would see him in different assignments in the island of Mindoro. After a year in the parish at Calapan, he was assigned as assistant in Pinamalayan for three years from 1970 to 1973. Then on 1973-1975, he became the parish priest of Abra de Ilog. The bishop at that time was the late Bishop Simeon Valerio who called him to work at the Chancery. Thus, from 1975 to 1983 he performed the following tasks: Chancellor, Social Action Director, Superintendent of the Diocesan schools, and Coordinator of the Mangyan missions. Afterwards, he was assigned from 1983 to 1989 as Parish Priest and School director in Pola. From 1989 to 1992, he was at the San Rafael Mission House where he was Praeses and Novitiate Treasurer at the same time. From 1992 to 1999 he was in the Divine Word College of Calapan where he was the Administrative and Finance Officer and Director of basic education. In 1999 he was transferred to the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay. Then from 2000 to 2002 he was the Praeses at the Verbum House of Studies in Los Baños. In 2002 he returned to Tagaytay to be the Director of the Retreat House and at the same time the House Treasurer. In 2004 he was assigned at the Villa Cristo Rey retirement house to be the treasurer. In 2005 he was assigned at the Saint Jude National Shrine where he was the dedicated and patient confessor to the many devotees of Saint Jude. He stayed there until 2011 when illness forced him to move to the Villa Cristo Rey. Even though officially retired , he made himself available for confessions at St. Jude, especially on Thursdays when there are so many devotees flocking to the Shrine. On September 20, he was rushed to Lourdes Hospital because of internal bleeding and vomiting. His condition rapidly deteriorated until he breathed his last at 1:00 PM on September 23, 2018 after having received the last sacraments.

 

His funeral is scheduled on September 26, Wednesday , 3 PM at Christ the King Seminary.

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Sunday Reflections

Second Sunday of Easter (Year C)

April 28, 2019

John 20, 19-31

 

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side , I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him. “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. “

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

 

Reflection

 

Often Christians are simply called believers. The core of being a Christian is believing in Jesus Christ and living that faith. Easter highlights faith. Every Easter season we read the Gospel of the unbelieving Thomas who in the end confessed his faith in the Risen Jesus: “My Lord and my God.” Listening to the Gospel has only one aim: “That you may believe.”

How did Thomas come from doubt to faith? Jesus explains: “You believe because you have seen.” Seen, that is, he had the spectacular experience of touching and seeing Jesus alive. Others have also seen, e.g. in that their prayers were granted through a miracle. But Jesus right away adds that there are other ways. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” This is the ordinary way to faith, the way of most of us. For instance, reliable witnesses, our parents, have told us, or we have met strong and happy people who are believers, and so we, too, believe. Or, reflecting deeply on everything in my life, I am convinced that “God is real; he loves me.” Believing “without seeing”, that is, without microscope or telescope or spectacular events. But having eyes of faith, “as if we could see the invisible.”

Faith is a journey, beset by difficulties and trials. Thomas took the step from unbelief to faith. If you find it hard to believe, take at least a first step. Mother Teresa once indicated the following steps to faith: Silence leads to prayer; prayer leads to faith. We can start anywhere, even if we can only shout” “Are you there, God?”

Faith is like “walking on water”, which was the title of a video on prayer and faith. Sometimes the difficulty comes from outside, for instance persecution of believers. That happened to San Lorenzo Ruiz. Or an indifferent atmosphere stifles faith. But most often trials of faith come from within ourselves. Thomas doubted. We may put our faith aside, because we feel tired, disappointed or lazy to live it. At times, we doubt whether faith is worth all the effort.

Do we get anything out of faith? Does it have any value? The last phrase of the Gospel says Yes. “Through faith you have life.” Faith enables us to master our life and reach the unending happy life. Faith gives courage and endurance. It makes life worth living.

Saint Arnold Janssen, a simple priest and great promoter of world mission is described as “humble in success, strong in trials.” He was such because he was a man of faith. Blessed, indeed, are those who believe!

 

By Fr. Bubi Scholz SVD     

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