THE RECTOR of the UST Central Seminary on Thursday said society was in need of more Christian and Thomasian professionals to fight the “strong force of evil.”
In a Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the silver jubilee of the UST Center for Campus Ministry, Fr. Quirico Pedregosa Jr., O.P. said grace is the key to live the core values of compassion, competence and commitment of the University.
“Without grace, we will not be competent, compassionate and committed Christian Thomasian professionals. It isn’t just acquiring skills. Without grace, it is difficult for us to be professional Christians,” he said in his homily.
Thomasians should emulate the Blessed Mother’s faith and surrender to God’s will, he also said.
“Mary is the greatest woman the world has known. [She has] the most marvelous role as the mother of Jesus, the savior of the world. It was a very difficult role to become the mother of the son of the most high,” he said.
The Eucharistic celebration at the Santisimo Rosario Parish was concelebrated by Vice Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. and Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P.
The Mass was also offered for the 46th foundation anniversary of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and the 18th anniversary of the rededication of the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church.