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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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Solemnity of Christ the King

November 25, 2018

John 18, 33-37

 

Pilate went back into the praetorium and summoned Jesus and said him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.” So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

Reflection

 

The Solemnity of Christ the King was instituted only in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. It was a time when kings were dethroned and established political powers were shaken. In this situation the Pope wanted to declare that while all the kings and emperors and rulers lose their power, it doesn’t follow that we will move into a chaotic future. Truth is. Christ was, is and will always remain the King, not only of one nation or of one continent, but as the King of the universe.

Today’s Gospel presents Jesus to us as affirming that he is a king, but that his kingdom does not “belong to this world”. But if Jesus is not a political king, what kind of king is he? His royal throne is the Cross, the instrument of his execution. His kingdom is not “of this world”. What kind of kingdom is it?

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI provided an answer to these questions. He said in his homily: “[Jesus] did not come to rule over peoples and territories, but to set people free from the slavery of sin and to reconcile them with God.”

And Pope Francis said: “The starting point of salvation is not the confession of the sovereignty of Christ, but rather the imitation of Jesus’ works of mercy through which he brought about his kingdom. The one who accomplishes these works shows that he has welcomed Christ’s sovereignty, because he has opened his heart to God’s charity. In the twilight of life we will be judged by our love for, closeness to, and tenderness towards our brothers and sisters. Upon this will depend our entry into, or exclusion from, the Kingdom of God. Through his victory, Jesus has opened to us his kingdom. But it is for us to enter into it, beginning with our life now, by being close in concrete ways to our brothers and sisters who ask for bread, clothing, acceptance, solidarity. If we truly love them, we will be willing to share with them, what is most precious to us, Jesus himself and his Gospel.” (23 November 2014)

 

By Fr. Rudolf Horst SVD

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