Vocation Retreat Reflection
by Kevin David Castaňos
As an individual who dreamt of becoming a doctor, the idea of joining a religious order may be interpreted as comical. However, there was a paradigm shift in my values and purpose in life when it came to my sense.
In the midst of the never-ending challenges and the consecutive miracles and graces in my life I realized I needed to thank God for all of His favor. I started to seek the right way to give back. There was even a time I included myself in a weekly gathering of people from all walks of life in a church. It took only one session for me to reflect I wasn’t satisfied with what they do until I was routed to experience Vocational Retreat organized by the Redemptorist.
During this encounter it was like a turning point in my life because something inside of me awakened. Fr. Tobin, C.Ss.R did a great job extracting my personal spiritual inquiries. In fact, it was like he dissected my mind, looked at those seas of questions and answered almost all of them. I was able to identify more of myself and it turned out a little bit of a shape similar to Jesus. Of course, I definitely doubted for I knew it was just a hunch.
I began to use those “what ifs” and thought that the person I am dealing this particular moment of life is Jesus, the son of God who saved me numerous times and worshiped by my parents, grandparents and ancestors. The milieu of the place and that extra time had provided me to discern more and allow the Holy Spirit to enter wholeheartedly. I decided that if I pass the exam, I would give it a shot and give Jesus a chance to mold me. Most of all, I reckon this as my salvation.