Robain Lamba Binawoe
Our Lady of Peace
University of Yaounde I (B.S. in Computer Science)
Watching movies, attending concert, volunteering, discovering new places and different cultures, playing soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
I have always prayed for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. I had never seriously thought about the priesthood until a few of years ago. People would come to me, and ask me to consider the vocation to the priesthood. For instance, one day in 2010, I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet with a disabled senior lady. Right after we finished the Chaplet, she told me to consider becoming a priest, and that I would make a good priest. I smiled at her, but interiorly I said to myself it was because I had been very nice to her. Another senior lady I became friend with, once told me that I needed to think about becoming a priest, and that she was looking forward for me to say her funeral Mass when her time comes. I replied to her very nicely that I just did not feel the calling to the priesthood, and she promised to pray for me. I was not going to enter the seminary just because people were telling to do so. I became aware for the first time that God was calling me to the priesthood during a Mass in 2013. It was the second Sunday of Lent, and the first reading was Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18. Right after the first reading, I had a powerful experience of God. I do not have words to describe it. It was almost like an intellectual vision, an invitation, a calling to follow after the Lord in a very specific way. But I had hard time answering the call right away, because I wanted to get married. In addition, I had a permanent and stable job with a great organization, and I was making a lot of money. I started asking myself: “why would God bless me with such a successful career, and then later ask me to give it up and enter the seminary?” Afterward, the Lord led me into the desert –a spiritual dryness– where I could listen to Him with an open heart. A few months later, I received the same call during another Mass. The Holy Spirit kept working in me. I kept hearing in my heart words that sounded like: “Come follow me”, “Do not be afraid, you will become a fisher of men”, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” After a lot of prayers, silent retreats, discernment and spiritual direction, I decided to give up everything to answer the call to priesthood. I finally stepped in faith and applied to enter the seminary.
Celebrating the Sacraments and being an instrument of God’s mercy.
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For the grace to become a shepherd after Jesus’ own heart.