Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spark of the divine: the seminarian who carried the Olympic torch

With the Olympics now underway, I finally caught up with this remarkable story of one of the Canadians who carried the torch earlier this month: oco.jpgThe Olympic spark has been ignited within the soul of Vancouver seminarian Noel Oco, one of those carrying the Olympic torch through Vancouver prior to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The Olympic flame is both meaningful and symbolic for him, Oco said. "Everyone who competes in the Games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."

Currently serving at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish with Father Ron Thompson, his spiritual director, Oco is just months away from becoming a member of the Carthusians. He hopes to make his final commitment with a vow of lifelong poverty and silence.

Oco gained the privilege of carrying the torch after winning an essay competition. "No matter how powerful the Olympic flame is and what it represents, the flame inside each of us is greater than that flame. What the Olympic flame does is reflect off each of us and inspire us to live up to the ideals of the Olympic movement," he said.

His message to the world concerns vocations: he wants to inspire others to discern their own vocations, whatever they may be. READ MORE

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