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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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Feast of the Santo Niño

January 20, 2019

Luke 2,  41-52

 

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to Festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.

He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

 

Reflection

 

The devotion to the Santo Niño has constantly inspired countless people to develop a childlike disposition in facing different struggles in life. Childlikeness is allowing oneself to trust fully in God’s providence. The feast invites us to reflect on childlike attitudes that we ought to develop inwardly. Although there are lots of things we can learn from the different characteristics of children, we will focus our reflection on the two most notable childlike attitudes.

First is the attitude of total dependence. It is normally a given that children never question the decisions of their parents. They would always abide in whatever decision their parents make. In the same manner, we too should have that same attitude of dependence in relation to our heavenly Father, remaining humble in accepting and following whatever plans He has prepared for us. Whether it is difficult and challenging or easy and light, we should continue o develop that childlike attitude in accepting whatever fate awaits us. However, it is very disheartening that nowadays many people tend to question God’s will especially when things go down south and when they are not attuned to their personal plans. Many people tend to question why God allows several unfortunate events to happen. Many have become lost because people tend to focus on what is happening within rather than being sensitive and aware of what is happening in the surroundings as well as the feelings, experiences and difficulties of others.

The second attitude is a happy disposition in life. As we know, children always find ways to make themselves happy, whatever the situation or condition they are in, because they are simply graced with a happy disposition and they are not difficult to please. Most often, children are happy if they are surrounded with people who share pleasant and life-giving experiences. In like manner, adults like us, should learn from this simple disposition in life. We should always choose to be happy no matter how hard life is. Happiness is a choice. Therefore, no matter how difficult and hard our life has become, there is always a choice to choose the better part, the choice to become happy. After all, a meaningful life is characterized by a happy life. May this feast awaken a childlike attitude within us so that we may continue to live a life with a happy disposition that trusts in the providence of the heavenly Father. After all, we are all children of God. Viva Señor Santo Niño! Viva Pit Señor!

 

By Fr. Roger Solis SVD  

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