on the News
A Program of
Spiritual Formation for Candidates to the Priesthood
The Lay Monastic
Community of Caryana
A PROGRAM OF
FORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
TO THE PRIESTHOOD
II. STATEMENT OF FACTS
1. In the First seminary, the Apostolic community, all
were trained well. There was no problem in the training; the problem was
with Judas. He used his free will to choose avarice rather than holiness.
There is no solution to problems of the free will. We will always have bad
Christians if not bad priests.
2. As early as the primitive Church, where the monasteries were really the
first seminaries, they were already having problems. Some monasteries and
some monks were the bedrock of heresies. This is when a corrupt free will
is compounded by a defective or incomplete formation program.
3. God always raised holy men and women to renew His Church. And though the
renewals had limited success, it is clear what made it successful.
4. The history of the Church is filled with these ups and downs wherein
monasteries and religious houses would spiritually deteriorate. But God
raises up continuously men and women to reform not only the orders but also
the Church. The Church went down every time she became "of the
world" rather than merely "in the world." This is to drag
the Church down to the level of the world. This should not be. The Church
must stay in the spiritual level and lift the world up to her level.
5. While there were those who renewed the Church the right way, there were
also those whose move to reform did not work and made matters worse. The
reforms of Teresa of Avila, Phillip Neri and Catherine of Sienna worked;
while the reform of Luther made things worse.
6. When seminaries were instituted by Pope Eugene II, the aim was to give
candidates for the diocesan priesthood a spiritual training akin to
7. The Catholic Church is the only entity that has a tradition wherein
sometime in the past things worked… unlike everything else (like forms of
government or economic programs which do not have such a tradition and
therefore cannot look back, so up to now they are still finding ways to
make things work). All we have to do is to look back at the time when
things worked in the Church. We often refuse to do this because the
successful past is full of challenges that we cannot meet. So we tend to
offer a solution for the future, because it is easier to offer the future
since it does not exist and, therefore, is untested.
8. We are raising men with a corrupt fallen nature to be spiritual men with
a spiritual job. We cannot use mere human or worldly science, knowledge or
means. It must be spiritual means, and we know of no other means than what
Christ taught us.
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