Bishop urges priests to have ‘lifestyle check’

In the final talk of the 2-day event held at Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza urged his fellow clergies to establish their own “lifestyle check” to see if their mission is properly lived out on a daily basis.
Bishop Alminaza, Chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Seminaries, spoke to an estimated crowd of 120 priests at the National Discernment of Priests to tackle issues on seminary and priestly formation alongside EJKs, and the long-anticipated Charter Change.
An in-depth day-today observation among the members of the Catholic Church is what Bishop Alminaza would like to enforce scrutinizing the priests’ financial resources, social background, and even family affairs in hopes to ascertain “cultic, prophetic, administrative” activities are fulfilled appropriately.

Administering of holy sacraments, house blessings, weddings, among others, is what Bishop Alminaza refers to as cultic. Prophetic activities involve reaching out to the poor community, resolving human rights cases and justice violations, etc. 

Meanwhile, administrative work focuses on the internal needs of the church.

In the speech, Alminaza asked the spectators: “How many of our friends are among the rich, the middle class, the poor? … How many houses of the poor have we visited? … What socializing activities do I engage in? In what places and with whom? … Which places do we frequent for rest and recreation?”

"For me, every month, a financial statement is a spiritual document. It reveals my values, my priorities… Does it go to food, recreation, to helping somebody?” he added.


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