My four years in formation is undeniably the best years of my life but I would not deny the fact that there has a lot of challenges I am facing. It is the MSSP that helped me to see challenges as opportunities to become a better person and with the eyes of faith to experience it as a grace. Because of this, I am very blessed and grateful to my MSSP family for not just giving me these opportunities but also being always there in my journey.
It is through them that I got a deeper sense of purpose in my life through knowing and having a relationship with God. It is through our sharing of our lives, doing things together and prayers that I found a sense of communion. It is also these years that I learned to know, accept and appreciate myself better by claiming my belovedness as children of God. I also came to realize that by knowing myself and others, I also know God. It is through my brother’s love that God’s love is manifested.
As I continue my journey I know there are so many things to know and discover but what God is inviting me today is to surrender and continue my journey going home to Christ. And I am glad that I am not doing this alone.
First of all, I would like to thank the Lord for calling me to live the fullness of my vocation in MSSP; in my ten years of religious life, I still feel in my heart this strong and loving desire which urges me to continue relishing my total self-gift to the service of Christ. My experience with the Lord continues to be the same one I had when I made my initial discernment, only that every day it becomes more profound. I always feel the sweetness of the love and mercy of God through all that I do, from the most insignificant and simple.
The regular visits to the sick, the unconditional support to those in need, my ongoing formation, the administration of the sacraments, and community life, are all part of what make me feel alive, and what strengthen me to continue fulfilling my vocation and my self-gift in the MSSP charism according to what was handed to us by Joseph De Piro.
I am very grateful, although it has not always be easy. But Jesus was always faithful with me, even when I was not faithful to him. I thank Him for his mercy with me and I pray that he gives me the grace of perseverance and full commitment to Him all the days of my life.
From a very tender age, I felt attracted to the priesthood. Slowly, slowly, I started realizing that my future should be a missionary priest. In the MSSP, I realized that I can satisfy my heart’s desires with the advantage of doing it as a religious. Soon I became more and more convinced that God was calling me to live my life within the MSSP charism.
Looking back on my 61 years of religious life and 54 years of priesthood, I have to thank the Lord for the many graces he showered on me and especially that I have found the fulfilment of my dreams within the context of the MSSP charism. Our dear Founder, the Servant of God Joseph DePiro, has been for me a constant model of a truly consecrated person and of a missionary.
Every life has its ups and downs. But the joy of living this vocation has helped me to overcome the dark moments and to gratefully acknowledge the constant love and mercies, God has showered on me, both in my ministry in Malta and in Pakistan.
My vocation kept me constantly close to God and to his people.