Monday, April 18, 2005

The Springtime of the Church

I wrote, on the day I learned of our beloved late pope JPII's death, that while his life had been lived fully and faithfully, his death too have brought about a fruitfulness that I suspect, is a result of what he'd already sown during life. For many people, even Catholics!, learned more about his legacy from mainstream back-to-back media wake and funeral coverage than they ever did when he lived.

Youth + springtime of evangelization + Spirit of Vatican II
JPII is renowned for his special affection for the youth, calling us the "hope of the Church". And the media covering his death and the upcoming conclave, had just recently caught on to the fact that today, more youths than ever are 'conservative' (read: faithful to the Catholic Church's teachings). And I also think, despite some objections from those who lived before and after Vatican II (and saying that the conservatives and JPII had 'betrayed' Vatican II), that his pontificate had been a fruitful effort to live out Vatican II fully.

So inpired by JPII's energy, enthusiasm and devotion, I'm starting a new "project" to come up with a "game plan" for a more Christian life, with a theme of living the spirit of Vatican II through lay spirituality at work. That's quite a mouthful, huh? :)

Since most of my life is spent "at work", I figured it may be a good idea to start there! Currently, I work in a high-tech start-up company in the field of mobile communications and technology, consisting of two people—the founders: myself and a former classmate from the university. There's hardly anyone else wandering into the company—except for a few interns who come and go— so I thought to start this Project with the company vision. There are questions like: What does God want us to do? How can we live a Christian life in business where "unfair advantage" and "bottomline" are everyday key words? How can the company's product and services contribute towards a better world?

I am currently reading Introduction to Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. Still at the introduction section, but even at this point, it is obvious I have a long way to go—literally and realistically speaking.

Will update as new insights surface...

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