The seven years at the Seminary are indeed the “sengħa barra”, because it is at the Seminary that one starts assembling a toolkit for the craft of life “out there” in the real world.
Twenty years back (it’s not a long time, trust me!) I had started a course in physiotherapy at the University of Malta. Looking back at that experience, to borrow a phrase from John Paul II, it was my “first seminary.”
Jekk ma nindukrawx sew il-merħla, il-Knisja Maltija tkun qed toqrob lejn l-aħħar qassis Malti…
There were some who told me “Do be careful because you are going to miss out on your youth”, but I still felt grateful that I could still live the beautiful moments of my youth in a relationship with God.
Besides my own personal spiritual journey and discernment, which are essential, I must say that the youth group I was part of, helped me greatly in my formation.
Often, I am unplugged but the Lord is not … he loves me, he cares for me, he desires that I receive his love.
We recognise that he has called us to be servants and that our vocation is to serve and shepherd as he did.
If I were to define what the vocations centre is about, I will have to say that it is about givenness. The givenness of silence, friendship, hope, faith and love!
Every vocation is born of that gaze of love with which the Lord came to meet us, perhaps even at a time when our boat was being battered by the storm.
The Vocations Centre served as the place where I encountered God closely and through this started to have a clearer mind of what he wanted from me in my life.