My twin Ma. Luz and I were privileged to join the class “Pastoral
Communication: Planning and Practice” at the Gregorian University, Rome
from April 24-June 24, 2004.
Surprise at the Gregorian University
Robert White, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in
Communication and our professor is one who gives an assignment
everyday. And most of the time he reads the papers of those who get
100% mark before the start of the class the following day. I wondered
how my classmates could get a perfect rating.
looking at some papers, I jokingly told Luz, “If you get 100% I will be
impressed.” Of course it was meant to challenge her but she dismissed
it as being too ambitious. Secretly, I also wished to get a perfect
score although I am aware of my limitations.
one subject we have with the regular class, those enrolled for a
three-year course, mostly priest and religious sisters, Rev. White
asked us to prepare a project. I worked really hard on it and spent
several hours at the computer room to come up with a good presentation.
Having finished it I submitted ahead of Luz.
morning, we arrived in class late. Towards the end of the class, our
professor said, “one of the Filipinas submitted a very good report.
You might want to see it.” Sr. Regina got hold of my paper and after a
glimpse she remarked, “my bishop must see this!” I was more than glad
to share it. Going down the stairs, I was approached by another
classmate, a priest, who wanted also to see my paper. I then told him
it was with Sr. Regina. Later at the corridor, I proudly told Luz,
“See Sr. and Fr., they are having my paper xeroxed.
joy of having shared my paper though turned to anxiety when after two
weeks Sr. Regina had not returned my paper and our class with her was
already finished. I was relieved that she has not yet left for home in
Africa, and through her roommate I sent my letter. I explained that I
want my paper back as a souvenir. I mean, I was truly proud and happy
of it that I want to show it home.
finally had my prized possession and it was with me when we attended
the Philippine Independence Celebration at Pontificio Collegio
Filipino. Like a child I happily showed it to Fr. Nick Vaquilar. He
read the remark which he thought was in Italian but it was in English
When God gives
us surprises such as this100% at the Gregorian University, I could only
thank God for His being so generous in giving joy to a child’s heart.
And it proves that nothing is impossible if we ask in His name, and for
His greater glory This incident and more help me to continually look at
God as simply in the faith of a Child.
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