Sister Lilibeth Espiritu – Rooted in the Love of Jesus
My entrance to Carmel fascinates me always. It is also a mystery for me because I could not grasp the reason why God led me on this spiritual path.
At present, I am assigned to teach Carmelite Spirituality to our junior high school students. Another thing, every Saturday , we go to an outreach program in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City to do tutoring, teaching catechism and feeding the children. We have also formation program for their parents.
As a teacher, it is a big challenge for me on how to handle milleneal students. I observed that most of them were restless, unfocused and wanted instant gratification. This is the reason why I need to stress to them the value of prayer, silence and patience. The use of technology is the trend of this generation. They could access whatever they want beyond control. I believe that teaching the lives of our Carmelite saints will help them to deal on their
struggles in life. It is very important that they could feel that I am with them on their journey without judging. In doing this, it is essential that I constantly immerse myself in prayer and solitude.
On the other hand, my ministry in Bagong Silangan helped me to be always one with our poor neighbors. It always reminds me about the words of Pope Francis when he said ” Do not take away the poor from the Gospel, otherwise you will not understand the message of Jesus.” Spending time with them, listening and sharing the blessings we received from others helped me to become a better person rooted in the love of Jesus. Truly, the intensity of God’s love is real, unfolding in so many especial ways in Carmel.