Stay or Leave?


December 17, 2010

The thought of my desired career always strikes my mind every time I think about leaving the portals of the university in about a year’s time.

I have always basked in the thought of hearing myself on radio or seeing my name in the byline of every story I write.

For now, those two things are running on my mind.

While I have been basking on these thoughts for the past six or more years, I have thought of other things as well.

The thought of entering the priesthood attracted me so much. So much that I really entered the seminary, only to realize that I would not last even a year of detachment from the outside world.

I have always thought that the priesthood would be easy for me as I was attached to my service in church, to the point of learning Latin in order to know more of the liturgical rites being held in the official language of the Church.

Now that I am just months away (nine months, that is) from attaining my Mass Communication degree, I have always wanted to see if I could use my abilities in media at the same time be of service to God and His Church.

I was even thinking that I would be a priest and a media practitioner at the same time. I was thinking about those priests having their weekly programs some years back, at dyAB where I am working as an intern.

Right now, I am thinking about the recommendations I get from people in some sectors of media to work with them, and perhaps these opportunities might veer me from one of my plans: to eventually return to the seminary after some years in the media industry.

If the plan of staying in the media for long materializes, my fear is that I may not be able to enter the seminary anymore. In fact, one of my priest-friends tells our group of lectors: “Actually, kahit di lahat ay magpapari, one could still preach the Good News.” This priest pointed out to me as an example. Knowing that I was a seminarian, he told the rest of our group: “Luigi can still bring the Good News, at gagamitin niya ang kanyang boses sa media to be able to spread the word of God.”

Those thoughts bring a tall order to me every time I think of my career. Now, the question still lies: Should I continue to aim for serving God as His priest or as a religious, or should I stay on with the media bahala’g gamay og sweldo or leave my ambition to be with the media and aim for something more financially rewarding?

The only thing I ask from you, dear reader, is to pray for me. I promise you my prayers as well.

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About Luigi Flores
Brother Luigi Flores: Writer/Editor. Mass Communication Instructor. Voice-over Artist. Upcoming Radio Host. Youth Minister. Lector/Psalmist.

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