Home > Amiel Alcantara > fr. kit bautista: something changed at the ateneo, amiel moved the community to respond – “the spirit of concern, collaboration, and love, of volunteerism from parents, faculty, and alumni, of compassion, and actual acts of service”

fr. kit bautista: something changed at the ateneo, amiel moved the community to respond – “the spirit of concern, collaboration, and love, of volunteerism from parents, faculty, and alumni, of compassion, and actual acts of service”

from fr. kit bautista’s homily during the 9th day novena mass for amiel:

Amiel is now seeing God face-to-face. He is like Him more than all of us. But it has been obvious to me that for the past 10 days, God and Amiel have moved our community – from the depths of our hearts, to words of concern and sympathies, to concrete actions of service and love.

Amiel and his death have shed light on the entire Ateneo community. From darkness he has led us to the Spirit of God.

Our blogs and emails have been flooded by suggestions on how to improve our traffic and security system. Meetings have been held. Memos have been distributed. Committees have been formed. Counselling teams created. Communication systems devised. Marshalling teams made. Concrete and immediate implementation have been made in short-term and in long-term. And many more will come.

But more than these physical arrangements and re-arrangements is the felt-experience of the Spirit — the spirit of Amiel and the Spirit of God, hovering upon us in campus – the spirit of concern, collaboration, and love, of volunteerism from parents, faculty, and alumni, of compassion, and actual acts of service.

It has taken a saintly and innocent child called Amiel and his tragic death to awaken the Ateneo community to this form of conversion. Just as it took a saintly and innocent man called Jesus, and his tragic death, to enlighten the apostles and the entire Jewish community.

Last night, while I was dining with a fellow Jesuit, he asked me, “Kit, is it now ‘back- to-normal’ at the Grade School?” To which I quickly replied, ‘It will never be normal. It will never be the same again.” Something happened. SOMETHING happened. And he knew I was not referring to the Tuesday tragedy, but to the MIRACLE made because of it, of Amiel’s spirit, and God’s Grace.

read in full here:  http://www.admu.edu.ph/index.php?p=120&type=2&sec=29&aid=6478

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  1. ateneo mom
    March 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Fr. Kit Bautista: As i quote from your homily “Concrete and immediate implemetation have been made in short-term and in long-term. And many more will come.” The whole AGS community who are clamoring for real concrete action and changes are holding on to that last sentence that indeed many more changes shall take effect in time for the next schoolyear that will assure the safety of our sons while in school. It is very difficult for us parents to go about our daily routine and have thoughts at the back of our minds that our son/s may encounter a fate similar to Amiel or even those who have been involved in vehicular accidents while in campus though not fatal, but equally damaging. Help us not to live in fear.

    It would be truly a great honor for Ateneo that the campus not only be worldclass in facilities but also in the safety of the students.

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