The discovery of the Hispanity of the Filipinas is one of the concrete works of ‘transfiguring the culture’, for to rediscover the roots of the Filipinas is to declare with a loud voice that the culture of the Filipinas is a Catholic Culture.
General Chapter Concluded
After months of preparation, the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) held its VII General Chapter from July 1 to 23, 2016 in Montefiascone, Italy. At least 63 Chapter Fathers, coming from the various missions of the Institute around the world, participated to elect for the new general government and discuss the various aspects regarding the life and mission of the Institute.
Convivencia in Filipinas: Sagada
Once a year, the whole seminary leaves its home in Lipa and drives north towards the Central Cordillera Mountains. This more than 400-km journey offered us various scenes of the Luzon islands: from the busy Manila roads, through the plains of the Central Luzon up to the chilly climate of ever-popular Baguio City.
In Obedience to the Missionary Mandate
On the day of the Ascension we finished our second mission ad gentes in Taiwan, and we remembered the mandate Our Lord gave to His Apostles, before His departure, that of preaching (Lc 24:47) until the remotest part of the earth (Acts 1:8) the same Gospel. A commandment that the Church cannot avoid without negating herself and that gives to every mission a unique point of view the obedience.
Philosophy The study of the philosophy, as the essential moment of the intellectual formation, should lead the students “to acquire a solid and coherent knowledge of man, the world, and of God”, “that is, a profound understanding of the person and his freedom in their relations with the world and with God”.
Theology As Saint John Paul the Great said, the intellectual formation of a future priest is based and built above all on the study of theology. The theological formation will lead the seminarian to possess a complete and united vision of the revealed truth of God in Jesus Christ and of the experience of the Church, which will also nourish his faith.
St. Thomas Aquinas St. Thomas Aquinas is of central importance to our formation. He invites all men to tirelessly seek the truth, because only by investigating with perseverance, one arrives to an understanding of reality and of Him who is its Author. And to seek the Truth is one of most exciting adventures in our life.
As a clerical institute, majority of our members are priests. After the novitiate, a new period of priestly formation begins. This formation is carried out according to Canon Law and the documents of the Holy See and always in accordance with the spirituality and mission of the Institute, so as to accomplish an authentic overall formation: human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral.
Human formation is the foundation of all priestly life. For an IVE priest, it implies the imitation of Christ, who is perfectly human, especially in virtues such as being balanced, courageous and free.
We look forward to forming priest able to know the depths of the human heart, to perceive difficulties and problems, to make meetings and dialogue easy, to create trust and cooperation, to express serene and objective judgments (St. John Paul II). We want to be religious people who are mature in affections, responsible and capable of self-giving, who, by a deep love of Christ and the Church, live their celibacy as a gift and promise. Manual labor takes as well a great part in human formation, since it removes idleness, provides subsistence, mortifies the body and enables almsgiving.
Our curriculum consists of a 3-year study of philosophy and a 4-year theological study. After ordination, the priest may pursue a graduate degree in any of the Pontifical Universities of Rome.
Intellectual life touches the very heart of our specific purpose because the inculturation of the Gospel requires men thoroughly capable to dedicate themselves to the searching of truth in all its forms and manifestations. Thanks to the intellectual formation the future priest assents to the word of God, grows in his spiritual life and prepares himself to fulfill his pastoral ministry (St. John Paul II). Each candidate should quest after acquiring a vast and organized knowledge, especially in humanities. Latin and Greek, as an indispensable instrument for knowing the Church’s tradition, are also taught in our Major House of Formation.
Our spirituality is rooted in the mystery of the Incarnate Word, and we long for being like a new Incarnation of the Word. The IVE seminarians should live profoundly their consecration, which implies a total oblation of oneself and prepares themselves to conform to Christ; thus they should be accustomed to adhere to Him as friends, in an intimate companionship, their whole life through.(Optatam totius).
Our days are clearly signed by Holy Mass and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, because we want to have a substantially Eucharistic formation. The priest without the Eucharist is naught.
In the Major House of Formation, spiritual life is also marked by a strong devotion to Mary. Daily rosary and celebration of Marian feast are always present since our Spirituality cannot set out of Her… we are Her Slaves of Love.
The apostolic branch of our Institute (see: Contemplative branch) works in many different specific environments which make most to the evangelization of culture. We want to specially focus on families, education, mass media and scholars. Thus we will impregnate of Gospel mankind’s criteria of judgment, the determining values, the points of interest, the lines of thought, the sources of inspiration and the models of life. Also charitable works are part of IVE’s core.
Mindful of the big task that is to be done, the IVE brother would prepare himself by an intensive love of souls and with his once-a-week pastoral activity, which many times consist of playing with kids, making house-to-house visitation and helping in liturgical ceremonies.
In preparation for the upcoming feast of the Transfiguration, the Houses of Formation of the Institute organizes the 'Cultural Week' wherein the members of our Institute presents something about the [...]
In preparation for the upcoming feast of the Transfiguration, the Houses of Formation of the Institute organizes the 'Cultural Week' wherein the members of our Institute presents something about the cultures present in the world-- be it literature, art or history, or anything of interest.
Stay tuned for the upcoming Chronicle for the Cultural Week 2016.
Every August 6, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. For our religious family, this feast reminds us of our charism, the evangelization of the [...]
Every August 6, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. For our religious family, this feast reminds us of our charism, the evangelization of the culture. We sought to go to all the nations and the 'transfigure' their culture into the light of the Gospel.
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Institute of the Incarnate Word
The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) is religious congregation of diocesan right, founded on March 25, 1984 by Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela in Argentina. With our own seminaries, we want to form our members in human and Christian maturity, to become missionaries who would inculturate the Gospel in the diversity of all cultures, to extend the Incarnation of the Word to all men, in the whole man and in all the manifestations of man.
Our charism is the evangelization of culture, that is, to permeate culture with the light of the Gospel. Our purpose is to make all cultures deeply rooted in the Gospel’s norms of life, namely, to make them wholly Christian, so that all what is truly human my be ruled by Jesus Christ. Consequently, we dedicate ourselves to concretely extend Christ’s presence in families, education, mass media and the scholarly, and in all other legitimate manifestation of man.
We cannot be alien to any human culture, but rather, we must work upon them by assuming their elements of truth and beauty, by purifying all that is anti-human and by elevating them to the divine spheres. This is well manifested in Our Lord’s Transfiguration, wherein the Godhead shines forth in the human nature of Jesus. Hence every August 6, we celebrate our day of our charism.
Our spirituality is “anchored in the sacrosanct mystery of the Incarnation”, it derives from the same Word made flesh and from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Their lives are our rule of behavior.
We want as well to have a serious spirituality, namely, not ruled by sensitivity but by faith. Hence we follow the greatest spiritual teachers, such as St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Louis Marie Grignion of Montfort.
Our lives, in turn, are to be truly marked by the Cross because “We should not want to know anything “except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2)” and because we need to “complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” (Col 1:24). No IVE religious should be exempt of hardships and crosses, because it was so in Our Divine Redeemer.
Our fourth vow is of slavery to the Blessed Virgin Mary. By this vow we consecrate to Mary totally and in a filial slavery of love according to Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort’s commendable method.
We seek to Marianize our entire lives by doing all things with Mary, in Mary and for Mary. In this sense, our Constitutions remark: every faithful slave of Mary must invoke her, salute her, think of her, talk about her, honor her, glorify her, entrust himself to her, rejoice and suffer with her, work, pray and rest with her. In brief, one must seek to live always, through Jesus and Mary, with Jesus and Mary, in Jesus and Mary, and for Jesus and Mary. (# 89)
Our main pastoral goal is to extend the incarnation to all men, in the whole man, and in all of the manifestations of man. Hence we work with kids, youth and elderly; in education, families and unprivileged people; preaching novenas and Spiritual Exercises (according to the method of St. Ignatius of Loyola); publishing journals, treatise and books, etc.
As we are an essentially missionary congregation we encourage the mission ad gentes going to far-off places where Christianity has not yet arrive, or to those countries where there is a rejection of Christ and faith.
Here in the Philippines, our Institute has organised different oratory groups for the children in different parishes, especially in our parish in Caloocan City. For them, we organize pilgrimages, trips, ‘Youth Days’, ‘Days of Formation’ and ‘Family Days’. Our priests also preach the Spiritual Exercises according to the Method of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which for hundreds of years has been praised by different popes and saints. Currently, we are working in four different children oratories and youth formation groups in different parishes near the Houses of Formation.