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Called by a Covenantal Love

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Carminia Chin-Chin A. GutierrezPeace and all good! It is truly a joyous moment to commune with, recognize & reflect a Eucharistic journey together that takes us back to the cradle of Life that is Christ – with, in and through – a home of love, our Sister Mother Earth.

One awe-filled Easter morning this year, 2013, it was with profound joy and grateful hearts that my companions and I received a personal invitation from His Excellency Bishop Roberto C. Mallari to visit the Diocese of San Jose and to extend our humble work in the Lord’s garden in the spirit of stewardship and communion, and by grace to express this concretely through the Diocese’s Commissions and Apostolates particularly with regards to the sustainable agriculture advocacy, justice and peace and integrity of creation.

Carrying on with all the dimensions of the church to consider a way to respond to God’s will in our personal and collective lives and the call of the times - to heal our mother earth - through our non – profit organization and Christ – centered earth community Alaga L.A.H.A.T., we have been blessed with young professionals and volunteers who have participated in zero – waste management projects in barangays and parishes and then until most recently in the creation of an eco-demo farm school (still in ad experimentum) thriving in the following of Christ in the footsteps of our universal patron of ecology and serafic father, St Francis of Assisi.

Blessing us in his hands the first time we visited the diocese of San Jose, here in Nueva Ecija, His Excellency prayed to the Most High God that “..the desert may bloom because of [us] them.” To use +Bp Bobet’s words, a - “Divine Adventure” – was felt arriving in our midst, and sure enough, there was an immediate recognition of the Good Shepherd’s call once again, this time, to meet Him in Galilee, to heal, strengthen, encourage and make us His own, more and more, and to prepare us for an Easter sending disposed to the palpable pull of the Spirit. Since that fateful Easter Sunday, week after week, a clearer and quickening call-within-a-call to the deep of our lives – a duc in altum - issued forth, unfolded and resounded through the Word, the sacramental installations of the presbyterium in several parishes and the warm welcome of the communities in their diverse contexts as we visited the various areas of the diocese such as Nampicuan, Taludtod, Kuyapo, Munoz, Carranglan and Pantabangan. With St Joseph and our Mother of Pentecost, the Blessed Virgin Mary, we found ourselves submitting in full recourse to their Heavenly aid, wisdom, love and protection while we anticipate a collectively discerned mission in the not yet, even as we are already walking gently and radically in Jesus Christ our Beloved Groom, expressing this same mission by grace through a humble process of integration in the light of “Damayang Kristiyano”, a vision of Mother Church that never changes, yet always new.

Written by Carminia Chin-Chin A. Gutierrez

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