By Fr. Reynaldo D. Raluto
September 23, 2020
Cagayan de Oro City — It is a great privilege for me to stay for almost a decade now in this green seminary — the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro — where the silent presence of trees provides a scenic atmosphere that gives way to the non-stop symphony of natural music coming from the birds, crickets, and cicadas around us. This beautiful place constantly teaches me how to live in a community of creation sheltered by a common home.
As a theology teacher since 2011, I invite my students to make use of our seminary’s ecological giftedness for studying theology and deepening spirituality. I encourage them to be attentive to God’s revealing presence around us. We need to affirm that the Word of God cannot be contained only in the Holy Bible and the Sacred Tradition. The living God is also speaking to us in creation.