REMAIN IN MY LOVE.

Written by misioneras

07/10/2021

VOCATIONAL TESTIMONY OF SALVADOR RUIZ (Jaén, Spain)

Hi there! I am Salvador, I am from Jaén, I am 20 years old and I am starting this course as a seminarian at the Diocesan Seminary.

I begin this journey convinced that there is a God who loves me and who, in the person of Jesus, invites me to give my gifts to the service of others, bringing this experience to them, this message: that there is a God who has become flesh, who makes himself bread, to become close to me … a God who dwells in me and who is present both in the great and marvelous as well as in the humble, in poverty, in the simple and hidden, a Father who walks by our side in joy and pain… to whom we always return… who always awaits us… who invites us to be a mission.

My vocational journey begins in the year of mercy, accompanying the head of my brotherhood, the Christ of Mercies, who presided over the celebration of the opening of the holy door in our cathedral. Faced with the amazement of seeing so many priests and seminarians in the entrance procession, my eyes were fixed specifically on one, which seemed to me to be crying and the question arose in me whether those feelings, those tears, had been caused by the Lord … If the Lord would be able to remove even the depths of this person who gave himself to him, if he filled him with emotion to the point of making him cry …

During the following months, various activities began in which to put a face to the youth of the diocese, moved by the Kairós groups, to which at that time he belonged, with which I got to know the heart of the diocese: the seminary; and with whom I participated as a volunteer in the mercy fair, an event in which various congregations and organizations of our diocese were made known, among which were present the Missionary Crusades of the Church, a congregation to which two great aunts belong. mine, in which I have been educated and with which I have grown since I can remember … “my nuns” as I affectionately say when I speak to others of them … a charisma that I breathe and aspire to …

As I said, in this event, different activities were developed. One of them asked us to write a plan for the future, a brief thing, that we would put on a small piece of paper to offer it to the Lord, forming a chain between the desires of each one of us who were there … that paper was written … And it is that when I looked at the image of Mother Nazaria -which was in the stand opposite- my hand, without thinking, wrote what my heart told me when I stared at hers; the phrase with which she would respond to the call of Jesus on the eve of his first communion: “Yes, Lord … I will follow you as close as I can …” and there was my little piece of paper, without much importance, as if nothing … without knowing that already the Lord was making a hole in my heart, in his style, like fine rain that soaks the earth, in the little things, in the simple …

I continued participating in the pastoral activities of the school as a monitor of the missionary groups, in the parish choir, in the youth group of the brotherhood … getting more and more involved and making my roots and my action stronger and stronger … doing volunteer work, becoming even more involved in the MCI youth-vocational ministry… where I have lived wonderful experiences and met people who with the passage of time, and despite the distance, become family…

It is there where the Lord returns to do his own thing … in some Easter gatherings, just before finishing the desert on Easter Saturday, the question arises in me … “And what are you doing for Christ?” followed by a wish: “Stay in my love.”

As I entered the room again and contemplated the cross, I made a sea of ​​tears, because I felt that from that cross a force of love and mercy was born that was given to me, that everything was for me … that I should live in that love and make it known, make it life for others.

Since then I have tried to answer all the questions, the concerns that the Lord put within me …

I started college… teaching… the career I had dreamed of since I was a child… To be a teacher like my teachers… while I followed the Lord as closely as I could, collaborating even more in the activities of the parish by preparing Eucharistic adoration on Thursdays , participating in the daily Eucharist frequently encouraging the community, in the brotherhood from the vocations of worship and youth, he continued giving one hundred percent in youth ministry …

However, I felt more and more need to give myself more, to get more involved … The Lord asked me for more … more … closer … and this was not easy … doubts ate me … or more than doubts, vertigo … I able? Now that I have it all … a halfway degree, with good grades, courses everywhere, good classmates, good friends, a thousand projects to do … however … despite everything, only one thing would calm all my restlessness, that neither the best grades, nor the most prestigious career, nor the best trips would be able to calm … a life project, free and generous delivery that I begin to draw in the footsteps of the best Teacher … under the watchful eye of Maria … with a faithful attitude , warrior, without cowardice … all love … making myself present among the people, dividing myself among the poor, shaking hands with the fallen, breaking bread with them … giving my life … my whole being … for Christ, the Church … well the project The life that the Lord has for each one of us is not worth it… but life itself!

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