Fr. Fiel’s Reflection on Change | The Life of a Priest Podcast

On Change

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

If you want to be the fire that can drive society. The fuel that people need at this moment so that you can have change in your life, other lives, and the place where you are at this moment. Change is not something big. Change can be found in the mundane. Change can be found the moment you wake up, when you decide for yourself what to do. The moment you sleep, before bedtime, and you decide to thank the Lord for the many gifts that you have received, and to plan ahead for the following day. Change is small, it’s not big.  But its effects it’s big [sic]. Change begins the moment you accept where you are, with all your flaws, with all your dreams, with all your aspirations, with all the pains that you have, with all the people who love and support you or they take advantage of you. Change this small but its effect is big.

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Fr. Fiel on Truth and Goodness | The Life of a Priest Podcast

Truth and Goodness

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

In a world that promotes, even individualism and relativism, consumerism, etc. And brought about by the difficulties of this pandemic, we need a base. We need a [sic] truth. We need someone to hold on that can be the source of our strength. And with the experiences of the people, poverty, sickness, problems brought about by  the modern world, we need a common truth, we need a common strength to hold on, and that is God. It is in these most difficult times that we realize that we are limited. In these difficult times we realize that we are sensitive and vulnerable, to things that we can reach the limited-ness of our humanity. And when you face already [sic] the wall, God will help you to push it so that you can go on in life.

As a priest I would encourage people to go back to the sacraments. Actually, I am not forcing them. For they will be threatened or they will feel like it is only an obligation, but, I made them realize how this sacrament is so important in [sic] their situation, at this moment. Let me first explain to them and make them feel that: “yes Father, this is very important in these difficult times.” I will not go there, into their house, shouting: “Oh you sinners, you go back to the church, and celebrate the sacraments!” That is rude. That is not God’s way. God’s way is: going with them, journeying with them, understanding their situation, and together, with them, leading them back into the fold. That’s how effective witnessing can be, (when) you share your life out to them. You tell them what are the best practices that they can follow through [sic]. You share to them how much you experience [sic] God’s love, and now you are allowing yourself to be used by that love, so that they too can experience that love. And then, I can say that is the most effective evangelization tool, and witnessing that we can have. So that people can go back to the sacraments. Not to shout, not to call them sinners, not to call them evil or demons because they are not attending Mass, but to be like Jesus. To dine with them, to dine with the sinners, to be with them in their difficult times. With that experience of God I can fully testify that even if you will not remind them to go to the sacraments, they themselves will go to the sacraments.

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Fr. Fiel on Aspiring to Material Things | The Life of a Priest Podcast

Aspirations to Material Things

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

But realizing that all material things are gifts from the Lord and thus, can be used by God, so that you will be led to a dream that is beyond material, you know what I’m saying? It’s not bad to aspire for something that is material. Actually, God can use that. (That) is the experience of Saint Augustine, that is the experience of Saint Francis of Assisi, worldly persons, but God used their situation, so that they can go back home to the Lord. So if you have a dream, even if it is, you know, a dream that you can consider that, is well worldly. But remember this, God can use anything. God can use your dream, your shallow dream, your worldly dream, and transform it to something that is heavenly. Something that will produce the best of you according to his design.

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Fr. Fiel’s Hope | The Life of a Priest Podcast

Hope

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

In my life I said to myself that: Okay, this is me on screen, but what they don’t see behind the screen it’s between me and my God. It’s between me and the people that is [sic] assigned to my care. And you know, that’s a promise to myself and to all my virtual followers in my social media platforms. I provide their spiritual nourishment virtually, and I hope I am leading them to the right path towards God. And I am praying that the Lord will give me enough strength to go on in this ministry, because I, myself, sometimes get tired and I acknowledge it. These are all valid human experiences that I need to face as a priest, as a young priest. I don’t want to be burned out early or retired early just because I did not take good care of myself. And yeah, I need more prayers, I need more strength coming from the Lord and I need more inspiration. But if time will come that there will be no inspiration, I am willing to accept it, if God is leading me to another path that [sic] I will be more useful according to his design.

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Fr. Fiel on Necessary Graces | The Life of a Priest Podcast

Necessary Graces
Necessary Graces

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

I am a living testament of the idea that you may be lacking something, but God will fill you on what is lacking with you. And don’t stop dreaming, don’t stop where you are, but use where you are, so that you can go to the place of your dreams. To the place where you can be the best version and the most faithful version of yourself, that God has designed for you – the dream that God has for you. Do not stop, keep moving, yes small little steps each day, but if collected – collectively it can help you realize that it has already gone to places. 

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Fr. Fiel’s Major Turning Point | The Life of a Priest Podcast

A Major Turning Point
A Major Turning Point

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

Always remember this: Our losses in life are actually our gains. We gain something from what we have lost. But the moment my father died, it hit me hard. I realized that this father gave up his life, the entire life of him for us. And he sacrificed everything just for us to feed us, to be the best father that he can be for us. That was the moment that I realized that the value of a person,  situation or a thing, can be realized when it is lost. But that realization for me, is already a gain for me. Why? Because at that very moment I learned to appreciate my mother. I learned to appreciate the people around me. I learned to love the people I’ve met and talk to each day even if they are strangers. Even though I don’t know their personal story. But the moment that I’ve encountered you, I do believe that you have a story to tell, and I appreciate you. Every loss that we have, are actually our gains in life.

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Fr. Fiel on Discernment | The Life of a Priest Podcast

Discernment

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

I had this situation where I’m inside the seminary, but my mind is in my house. Maybe God is calling me to stop my seminary formation, not become a priest and just to focus myself in helping my family. But I prayed to the Lord: “If it is your will let it be so, but if I am just being carried away by my emotions then, teach me how to overcome it.” But [sic] I tell the Lord: “Let’s meet halfway, I can go out, I can work for them. But I will just give a year, [sic] and I will follow my heart. I will follow my heart and I believe that you speak to me intimately into my heart. You are the voice who brought me here. This is not my dream, it is a short dream for me. I am surviving because I am holding on to this dream, to this voice that continuously shouts into the voice of my heart. I know you provide the strength as I go each day here in the seminary and you will provide, also the strength as I go and take my agency [sic] to help these people. To help my family. I am their blood relative. They are dear to me and my vocation and my dream is also dear to me, by your calling. Calling me to this kind of vocation is so dear to me, but we need to meet halfway, Lord.” I did bargaining [sic] with the Lord. I consider calling it holy bargaining. It was on that time where discernment became fully alive in my heart. Because in making discernment, you need to choose one and live one but I did it in a different way. Let’s meet halfway Lord, I’ll choose both and provide me the grace so that I can go on, this decision that I made. I did the holy bargaining with the Lord, and at the end of that year, I went to the seminary back holding on, once again, to the voice that calls me each day. And I think I made a good decision, and I consider that a discernment on [sic] that particular situation.

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The Childhood Experiences of Fr. Fiel Pareja | The Life of a Priest Podcast

Childhood Experiences

This is an excerpt from the full interview on The Life of a Priest, a podcast available in the Tabella Catholic App.

Father Fiel Pareja is a priest serving in the area of Pampanga, in the north of the Philipines. He is also known for his strong presence in social media. Below is the transcript of this segment:

Going back and tracing all my  experiences, the strength that I had as a child; the fulfillment, my motivation to achieve my dream is in itself the hand of God leading me to where I am at this moment. And all of those experiences I consider as religious experiences even if I do not know, as a child, that God is already there. But you know, that child of me, the younger Fiel, the version of me, is filled with dreams and aspirations. Coming from a poor family, a child, it is normal to aspire: “One day I will see myself helping my family. One day we will go out of this place and have a life that we deserve.” And because I am ambitious as a child, I can see that the fire in me is the fire that God has already implanted. And God used that fire to achieve my dreams, and to lead me to the dream that he has for me at this moment. So, not giving up just because you are poor. You cannot go places just because you are poor. You’re not gonna achieve your dreams just because you don’t have materially or financially; that doesn’t mean that it is already the end of your life, but actually, you can use that to fuel your desire to achieve your dreams.

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Father Adam Marchese’s Ordination in Orlando Florida | The Life of a Priest

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Father Adam Marchese is a priest at St. Margaret Mary in Winter Park, Florida. He is also a military chaplain. For the full episode, download our free app for Catholics:

Father Adam Marchese talks about his beautiful day of Ordination into the Priesthood. Below is the transcript of this segment:

That day at ordination, there might as well have been a million people behind me. The graces that I felt in that moment, I felt the whole church. I felt the whole church triumph and the whole church militant, praying with me at that moment.

And it could have been a full cathedral, there could have been one person in that cathedral. It didn’t matter. The graces of the sacrament are real, and it was such a powerful full moment. So my former pastor from my home parish at annunciation and Altamont Springs is now a Bishop Steven Parks of the diocese of Savannah. And, so he vested me as a priest. And I remember the moment that really set me off, like there were a few tears coming into ordination, but he vested me. And he really took his time and made it a special moment. And when the Chasuble dropped over me and I looked to him, and I’m five eight and he’s six five, so he’s a much taller man than I am, which made it easy for him to vest me, to put the Chasuble on me.

But I looked up at him, and he had tears in his eyes. And I told him, I said, “When I looked up at you at that moment, I saw the love of the father, and it was just the love of the father looking down on me. And I lost it, I absolutely lost it. Just the record and now being vested as a priest, seeing myself in that light. I mean, what we had done at the seminary practice masses and things like that, I put on a Chasuble, it didn’t feel real. I mean, at that moment, it was just, it hit me hard, and I just realized what happened and the grace there.

It was just such an incredible moment. I wish I could even put it into words, but I think that some of the most beautiful graces in our lives are the most difficult to actually formulate into words.

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Father Adam Marchese’s experience as a seminarian | The Life of a Priest

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Father Adam Marchese is a priest at St. Margaret Mary in Winter Park, Florida. He is also a military chaplain. For the full episode, download our free social app for Catholic communities.

Father Adam enters the seminary. When you’re in seminary, he tells us that you grow together as brothers. Below is the transcript of this segment:

Entering seminary I will say when I got there, all I could think was, “what did I just do?”

It was a complete life shift for me. I went from living in my own place, having my own job and kind of setting my own schedule if you will in terms of “all right, well if I wasn’t at work that meant I could go wherever I wanted, to do whatever I wanted.” I got to seminary and I went from having my own place, to sharing a room and having a communal bathroom down the hall, having a curfew.

I was like, “I used to work later than what my curfew is now!” I just couldn’t wrap my mind around that. I’m like, “I’m an adult! Like, what are you doing to me?” But it really was a lesson in obedience and it helps you to grow, and it helps you to actually stay in the formation process and not just try to escape when things get hard.

If it was just free, you know, easy come easy go, you know, come for classes, then leave and do whatever you want to, you would actually be avoiding a lot of the formation process. And like I said, you definitely grow together as brothers and you’re able to, with your spiritual director take the time and pray about it. Is this what God is calling me to?

It really is just a beautiful time. For even those who I know who left seminary, said it was a time for them to grow in their own faith. And come to a greater identity in that, and what it means for them.

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