When I speak about my religious life in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), the quotation from Ps 138:3 comes to mind, “On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased,” reminds me of my first day at the seminary. It was my childhood desire to be a priest. But as years rolled on and I was split in two in choosing what’s next. It is the prayer that helped me to take great step of my life.
Being with the Dominicans for eight years now, I feel proud to say I’m a Dominican. It is the Dominican habit that impressed me to join the order. And slowly I started learning the Dominican way of life. Religious life is like a road. There are different types of roads for example; a highway, concrete roads, terrain roads, smooth roads, muddy roads and so on.
In the same way religious life is not an easy road. You will encounter lot of ups and downs, crooked roads and others. It is not at all easy to travel on these roads; there are chances that you may be lost. But if there are sign boards on the road, GPS navigation system with you, and then you will surely reach your destination safe and sound.
It is the prayer, sacrifice and hard work, the sign boards and GPS navigation of religious life that makes our journey a pleasant one.
Today I’m happy being a Religious. He has made me strong and I ask the Lord to show me the right path that one day I may serve in his vineyard.
Gavin Rodrigues was born in Dubai, of Indian parents. He completed his philosophy at the Dominican Institute of Philosophy in Goa, and obtained his Bachelor’s of Science at St. Francis de Sales College in Nagpur.
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