Vocation stories of Philippine Jesuits by Fr. Victor Badillo, SJ

by Fr. Victor Badillo, SJ

1.  Fr. Alfeo Nudas, SJ

Al recalls an unusual sight.

Alfeo Nudas lost his father when he was young.  The Nudas were poor farmers
in the small mountainous town of Naguilian. Al recalls his mother in a
deadly tug-of-war with a group of Japanese soldiers over her only carabao,
her work carabao.  His eldest brother, Hilario, abandoned his studies and
marriage plans to support his siblings.  In this atmosphere Al developed the
spirit of caring for others.  The seed of a vocation fell on fertile ground.
How he learned of the Jesuits, I do not know.

A year before he died, he lost his mind.  He was helpless.  At meals, Al
asked for fish. I heard him say, “I want a fish.  This is not a fish.”
Caretakers had given him fish fillet, without head and tail.  How Jesus must have smiled at At.

Behold Jesus beholding Al.  Smiling.

God wants us to know that he is glorified by our illness and uselessness,
no less than by magnificent achievements.

2. Fr. Horacio de la Costa, SJ

De la Costa made a retreat in SHN to discern his career.  He saw he was to
serve God as a writer.  But he was told later that he could be a Jesuit and
a writer.

3.  Fr. Romeo Intengan, SJ

Dr Romeo Intengan organized religious activities for the staff and patients
of PGH.  His companions called him Archbishop which was shortened to Archie. He was inspired to be a Jesuit from meeting the Jesuit chaplains.

4.  Fr. Guido, SJ

Guido had one foot in the novitiate since he had some lingering doubts.  One
day he watched the movie “The Little Women,” then in town. In one scene, Jo
sells her long hair to buy a birthday gift for her mother.  Meg, her sister,
saw her shorn of her beautiful air and exclaimed, “Jo. What a mess.” Guido
reflected that her mother saw how beautiful Jo was..   He felt a warm
sensation and all his doubt vaporized.  The scene had no connection with his
doubt.  But in the warm glow of consolation, every  thing was seen in the
light of God with eyes of God.  When the sun is up all are seen.  When water
rises all boats float.

5.  Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ

Karel San Juan delayed being a Jesuit to be a lay apostle.  After
graduation he gave of his time and even volunteered for Cambodia. There he
heard of what Richie Fernando did. That inspired him to delay no more his
entrance to tbe Jesuit novitiate.

6.  Fr. Victor Badillo, SJ

I entered the novitiate to do my part about the shortage of
priests in the Philippines. I thought I was doing the church a favor, to do
a job that needed doing, that I was doing something noble.  I did not know
Jesus was seducing me to loving him.

7.  Fr. Jim Hennessey, SJ

Jim Hennessey visiting our Lord in the Georgetown University chapel , saw
in the dim light, a sight that warmed his heart, a Filipino Jesuit kneeling
some distance in front.  It could not be anyone else but Sammy Dizon, by the
circular bare skin at the back of his head.  Sammy was predestined to be a
priest.  He was born with a tonsure.

8.  Fr. Hilario Belardo, SJ

Hilario Belardo used to go to Baclaran church to get pamphlets for his
brother who was interested in becoming a Redemptorist.  He too became
interested.  But he dillydallied.  While boating with friends, his girl
friend dropped her fan.  He jumped into the bay to recover it.  Then the
boat’s motor failed and the boat drifted away. H He vowed to be a priest if
he were saved.

9. Fr. Tony Olaguer, SJ

The father of Tony Olaguer traveled all the way from Bicol to Manila to see
off his sons Valdemar and Antonio off to America where they had
scholarships. The ship sailed off without Tony appearing.  He had entered
the novitiate without telling anyone.  When his mother was a student, she
and two friends prayed that their first son would be a priest.  Toti’s
mother married a widower with several sons. Toti was her first.

10.  Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ

Ben Nebres studied in the Vigan Seminary when it was run by the SVD
fathers.  Earlier it had been the Jesuits.  When these left, they left
behind books, some of which was the Tom Playfair series for boys.  In
reading this series, Ben was influenced to join the Jesuits.*

11.  Fr. Francisco Perez, SJ

Francisco Perez was a spy who reported Japanese movements during the
war.  This resulted in his being alone in the mountains often and he enjoyed
contemplating God in nature.  After the war he joined the Philippine Air
Force.  In Fernando Air Base in Lipa, he read a pictorial supplement in the
Manila Times about the Jesuits. He said, “That is what I want to be.”  He
took the bus and reached Novaliches in his uniform.  Fr Master Lynch gave
the hungry man lunch before  showing him around. He told Cisco to apply at
Sta Ana.

12. Fr. Francisco Arago, SJ.

It was in Sta Ana that Francisco Arago met his first Jesuit in Fr Cullum
who interviewed him and accepted him.  He was the helped of the parish
priest in Samar and had read about the Jesuits in a magazine.  Many
vocations are developed in men in close contact with our Lord in service the
parish priest.

13.  Fr. Rudy Fernandez, SJ

During the Jap occupation, Japanese killed Rudy Fernandez’s, father.   When
he became a Jesuit, he volunteered to be a missionary to Japan,  to repay
the Japanese with goodness.

In Japan, one morning he overslept and hurried not to keep the sisters
waiting for mass.  He entered a single lane road where the rule was first
come first served.  He reached the road ahead of a car headed in the
opposite direction.  But that car did not give way. Rudy let the other
ahead.  When they were abreast, he greeted the driver “Ocage sawa,” which
means “I am in your shadow”. He made a friend.

14.  Fr. Roberto Gana, SJ

After graduation from the Ateneo law school, Roberto Gana and some batch
mates made a retreat in SHN.  There he saw Manny utterly helpless. He
reflected that he, Gana, was utterly dependent on God for existence itself.
He decided to devote the rest of his life to provide law services to those
who could not afford it. He founded the Gana Foundation, recruited, inspired
and formed young law gradates.  When he died, the apostolate did not die
with him.  Manny was God’s instrument.*

* ** *

Xavier  an ambitious man, with world at his feet, was pestered by Ignatius:
what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.
Dying on on Sancian Island at the doorstep to China, Jesus told him that had
gained a world greater than the world he had surrendered.*

* *
blog:  pedrocalungsod.blogspot.com
God bless you and all your efforts.  Victor Badillo SJ

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

10 Responses to Vocation stories of Philippine Jesuits by Fr. Victor Badillo, SJ

  1. tonette says:

    Hail Mary!

    Pleasant greetings to our SJ fathers.

    If it is possible to have the contact information of Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ who was a graduate of the
    Asian Institute of Management.

    Thanks and please send me message.

    Tonette

  2. [defenderben] says:

    7. Bishops must be Married.

    FACT: In 1079 AD celibacy was first enforced for priests and bishops by Pope Gregory VII. Before this time, they were permitted to marry.

    Question #1: Does the Bible teach that a bishop (overseer) must be married AND ALSO have children as one of the conditions of being qualified to be a bishop?

    Answer: 1 Timothy 3:2-5 o YES NO o

    “A bishop, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?)” 1 Timothy 3:2-5

    Question #2: In the very next chapter of the Bible after bishops are told they must be married with children, does the Holy Spirit warn that “forbidding to marry” is a “doctrine of demons”?

    Answer: 1 Timothy 4:1-3 o YES NO o

    “But the Holy Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:1-3

    8. Peter was married

    FACT: Most Catholics believe that Apostle Peter was the first Pope and was not married. As one Roman Catholic leader said, “if Peter had a wife when he first met Jesus, he got rid of her quick!”

    Question #1: Did Peter have a wife?

    Answer: Mark 1:30 o YES NO o

    “Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they spoke to Jesus about her.” Mark 1:30

    Question #2: Did Paul say all the apostles including Peter had a right to be married?

    Answer: 1 Corinthians 9:5 o YES NO o

    “Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?” 1 Corinthians 9:5

    _

  3. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    defenderben,

    The ideal bishop is to be like Christ who never got married: “They have renounced marriage 9 for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it” (Mt 19:12). The first apostles like Peter are married; they were called by Christ after they were married not before. But notice that Peter said that “they have given up everything and followed [Christ]” (Mt 19:27). You can deduce that he also left his wife, so that he can become a spiritual father of many. As Christ said, “And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.” (Mt 19:29)

    Celibacy or not marrying for the sake of the Kingdom of God is a new idea in the time of the Apostles. Thus, during their time it is difficult to find bishops who are unmarried. So the next good thing is to choose a bishop from the married, but he must be married but once. Nevertheless, the idea of an unmarried bishop is still being proposed as an ideal to follow. And it would take centuries before this ideal became a firm discipline in the Catholic Church.

    Paul has a right to take a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles (cf 1 Cor 9:5). But after enumerating his other rights as an apostle, he said: “But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this to secure any such provision” (1 Cor 9:15). Thus, we can deduce that Paul did not marry.

  4. [defenderben] says:

    It is still morally unacceptable. Jesus (peace be upon him) is a Prophet. We should all follow him. Somewhere in the Qur’an says the every Prophet has given with wife, we believe that he PROBABLY had a wife also. If he didn’t marry, then we should not marry too? What is the purpose of genitals? NONE? I don’t think so. Not marrying is a man-made commandment. You will all answer that on the Day of Judgement.

    Even the Bible says a rapist must marry his victim and pay her father! Yuck!!!

    Rape is a big crime that could actually take the woman’s or the victim’s life away. Let us examine how Christianity deals with the rapist:

    “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. HE MUST MARRY THE GIRL, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. (From the NIV Bible, Deuteronomy 22:28)“

    Although this Verse from the Bible only talks about virgins, but its the only verse in the entire Bible that talks about raping single women. Not to be biased or anything, but the Bible seems to have quite weird things in it that are quite irrational and quite ridiculous. Deuteronomy 22:28 forces the raped woman to marry her rapist. My question to the writers of the Bible is why in the world would any raped female victim want to be in the same town, not the same bedroom !! with her rapist?.

    This is a PAINFUL commandment. How would it look if learned that your mother was raped was your father?

    Point to point question that need an point to point answer: CAN A “JUST AND MOST MERCIFUL GOD” ORDER THAT TO HAPPEN, YES OR NO and WHY?

    http://defenderben.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/what-is-the-punishment-for-rape-in-christianity-and-in-islam/

  5. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    defenderben,

    You can wish all your life that Jesus is a prophet like Muhammad, i.e. a prophet with a wife. But you cannot change one simple fact that Jesus has no wife. Not marrying for the sake of the Kingdom of God is a teaching that is not for all men. As Jesus said, “Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.” (Mt 19:12)

    In the case of rape victims, the verses you quoted are for the Jews of the Old Testament. Christians belong to the New Testament. Many practices in the Old Testament such as dietary laws and circumcision are not anymore required for Christians to follow.

  6. [defenderben] says:

    2nd Re-entry. / Reason: Edition.

    You are twisting some of my points, CLEARLY. You avoided:

    (1) (This is a PAINFUL commandment.) How would it look if you learned that your mother was raped “by” your father? (They are married).

    (2) Point to point question that need a point to point answer:

    CAN A “JUST AND MOST MERCIFUL GOD” ORDER THAT (Deuteronomy 22:28) TO HAPPEN, YES OR NO and WHY?

    (Please delete the original, QMSJr.)

  7. [defenderben] says:

    QMSJr: In the case of rape victims, the verses you quoted are “for the Jews of the Old Testament. Christians belong to the New Testament”. Many practices in the Old Testament such as dietary laws and circumcision are not anymore required for Christians to follow.

    My reply: Ok, “for the Jews of the Old Testament. Christians belong to the New Testament” . . . Can a True God, order such a thing to His people of during the time of Old Testament? Is it safe to say that the God of Bible followers is unjust and sadist in nature? Do you agree to that commandment if so happened that you lived during those times?

    DO YOU LOVE THE GOD WHO COMMAND SUCH A THING?

    Are you brave enough to answer such?

    Can we safely say that He is Unjust and Sadist during those time, and Just presently?

    Are you brave enough to answer such? THINK. IT IS NOT YET LATE. DO NOT BE LIKE PHARAOH ON THE TIME OF PROPHET MOSES (PBUH). Allah (swt) said,

    And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh and his soldiers pursued them in tyranny and enmity until, when drowning overtook him, he said, “I believe that there is no deity except that in whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of the Muslims.” (Qur’an 10:90)

    However, this last-minute conversion was NOT accepted for it was NOT sincere. According to the Qur’an, Allah (swt) exclaimed:

    Now? And you had disobeyed [Him] before and were of the corrupters?
    So today We will save you in body that you may be to those who succeed you a sign. And indeed, many among the people, of Our signs, are heedless. (Qur’an 10:91-92)

    THINK.

  8. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    defenderben,

    You must remember that before Moses, the Israelites have no laws and they have no idea what is good and evil. So what did God do? Like a good teacher, God is very patient and teaches them very slowly through Moses. Before you can learn higher mathematics, you have to learn how to count. First, God taught what is clean and unclean–clean and unclean animals, clean and unclean water, etc. Then God taught in a more abstract level: what is good and evil. Thus, God gave the Ten Commandments. The 6th Commandment is “You shall not commit adultery”, while the 10th Commandment is “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife”. The intention to commit the sin is already a sin. If rape is a barbarous act, whatever law would help lessen the instances of rape is already a step in the right direction, for one cannot yet teach high morals to a nation whose surrounding nations are immoral (e.g. Sodom and Gomorrah practices homosexuality). The law requiring the man to marry the woman he rapes, pay her father, and forbidding him to divorce her is already far better than without punishment.

    When Christ came, he said that these laws of divorce written by Moses are only because of the hardness of heart of Israelites. So Christ defined the true meaning of marriage:

    Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him,* saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”4* b He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’5c and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”7* d They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss [her]?”8 He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” (Mt 19:3-8)

    Marriage is between one man and one woman (not one man and several women in Islam). Marriage is now a spiritual union blessed by God not just a physical union of two persons. So whatever acts that lessen the dignity of marriage is sinful–incest, rape, sodomy, bestiality, etc.–and the Catholic Church does not allow marriage unless there is free and mutual consent of the man and woman. If the woman does not freely agree on marrying the man who rapes her, then no marriage can happen.

  9. Let’s us take a look again:

    “If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver. HE MUST MARRY THE GIRL, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. (From the NIV Bible, Deuteronomy 22:28)“

    QMSJr said: ” . . . The law requiring the man to marry the woman he rapes, pay her father, and forbidding him to divorce her is already far better than without punishment.”

    My Reply: Very Clear Injustice! You are already accepting that the God (of the Bible pictures) is Unjust, Sadist, UnMercifull, Evil. TRUE GOD (take note, TRUE GOD) will/do NOT command such a thing, at any time on any people regardless of their knowledge and level of morality they know.

    CONCLUSION.

    God of Bible followers is Unjust, Not Merciful and Model of Sadistic Act = Completely Evil!

    X-X-X-X

    QMSJr said: “Marriage is between one man and one woman (not one man and several women in Islam). Marriage is now a spiritual union blessed by God not just a physical union of two persons. So whatever acts that lessen the dignity of marriage is sinful–incest, rape, sodomy, bestiality, etc.–and the Catholic Church does not allow marriage unless there is free and mutual consent of the man and woman. If the woman does not freely agree on marrying the man who rapes her, then no marriage can happen.”

    My Reply: Lies. You cannot deny that from the time of Moses, scriptures are already corrupted. See Jeremiah 8:8 and Deuteronomy 31:25-29. Even in New Testament, ample evidence of errors arises. An undeniable FACTS. Those who follow such are truly grasping in straws of darkness.

  10. btw, u cowardly avoided these:

    Ok, “for the Jews of the Old Testament. Christians belong to the New Testament” . . . Can a True God, order such a thing to His people of during the time of Old Testament? Is it safe to say that the God of Bible followers is unjust and sadist in nature? Do you agree to that commandment if so happened that you lived during those times?

    DO YOU LOVE THE GOD WHO COMMAND SUCH A THING?

    Are you brave enough to answer such?

    Can we safely say that He is Unjust and Sadist during those time, and Just presently? :D

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