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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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6th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

May 26, 2019

John 14, 23-29

 

Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, “I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the father; for the Father is greater than i. and now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.

 

Reflection

 

Whenever I visit the 95 year old German Frau Knickrehm in a home for old people, she always tells me about the stories and struggles of her life during the Second World War, how she and her Jewish family survived and she found peace when she lost her husband and children. With a serene countenance, she would say, “I have patience with everything that remains unsolved in my heart. I have learned to live with questions, not with answers.” Whether she has regrets in life, she replied curtly, “Of course, like everyone else. But I have made peace with myself. The war against yourself is the hardest war to win. I did not say I won, I just stopped fighting.”

Just like many old folks in the retirement house, Frau Knickrehm seemed to have found inner peace by having little and needing less, by not mourning about lost youth and fading active life, but by surrendering to God and humbly accepting the inevitable course of nature with a grateful attitude. During my conversations with old people, I realize that we humans become reflective as we age, so that we can pass on what we have learned before we die.

Frau Knickrehm told me, “Inner peace is a matter of mind and heart. Your mind can be your enemy or friend. If you always follow your heart, your mind will feel neglected. If you follow only your mind, your heart will never forgive you. If you make your heart and mind your friends, then you will have inner peace throughout the changing seasons of life.”

This inner peace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, which Christ promised. It is different from worldly peace, which Is the absence of external conflict. The Holy Spirit’s gift of deep and lasting peace makes us unafraid of the present and the future. Sin, fear, doubt, uncertainty, and other forces are always at war within us and will always accompany us until death, but they should not dictate how we live a meaningful life. The Holy Spirit does not magically erase these negative states, but transforms them to teach us what is good, pure, holy, true and lasting in life. Peace comes from within, from the heart, where the Holy Spirit dwells. That is why we can never obtain peace externally unless we make peace with ourselves. Outer peace is just a reflection of inner peace.

Meister Eckhart, a German mystic, wrote, “Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. We must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Let us be aware of God’s gentle promptings thru inner solitude, whether alone or with others, at home or in a strange land. It allows us to experience inner peace given by the Holy Spirit.

 

By Fr. Simon Boiser SVD

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