Pink Koala

I just wanted a catchy title…..

Hello dear family and friends:

Community life is so wonderful! Since 2013 I have had the opportunity to experience community life with the Catholic Outreach Team and the Sisters of Holy Cross. Over the past 18 months I have been working as Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas.

I am overjoyed at the countless interesting experiences I have encountered and have decided that it’s time for me to take the next step. Over the past couple years I have felt a call to religious life, an option I am seriously considering. Let me share with you how two young boys in Haiti pushed me towards the pursuit of this vocation.

One school day, I was sitting in front of the convent, writing in my journal. I remember it being a bright sunny day. There
were two boys playing foutbòl (Soccer in Haitian Creole).
Exhausted, they came and sat beside me and we started chatting. I asked them why they weren’t in school. They quickly replied by sharing part of their life story. Their father had been in a motorcycle accident which left him with mental problems and he soon abandoned his wife and kids. Their mother wasn’t able to take care of her boys so she gave them away to her sister, their aunt. This woman had kids of her own and when they had food in the house (which wasn’t often) it would go to her own kids first. If there were leftovers, only then would these two boys get to eat. These kids were bl
essed with a coconut tree and if they were really hungry they would climb the tree to drink the coconut water and eat the coconut.

This situation really opened my eyes in realizing how many things I have but don’t really need. How can I live such a materialistic life when these kids don’t even know when they will have a full meal again?

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Dating… why?

 

Dating, so many questions and so many uncertainties.

Sometimes we enter into a relationship more so for the status than the other person but hopefully more often it’s because we see a future with this other person. Dating has such a new meaning in this day in age and we really lost the original meaning. Why do we date??

1230722_origIn my perspective dating is all about seeing if the other person is compatible for marriage, it’s about leading the other person closer to heaven. If you can’t lead the other person closer to heaven while dating then you won’t be able to do such thing during marriage. You see, many people think
Oh when we get married I’m going to change this about my spouse but we really can’t think that way because if someone wants change it has to come from within and not from someone else. What you see is what you get.  Continue reading “Dating… why?”

He is risen! Il est vivant!

Wow! This weekend passed by like a lightning flash. One day I was with my family and the next day I was back home (still trying to wake up from a long bus ride). I only got home this morning and now I’m at work. I pray this day is busy and it distracts me from being so tired.

This morning I have to work on a youth leadership workshop. I accepted to give it because it goes directly with youth ministry but I just don’t know where to start. The theme of it is Leaders must be Learners. I quite enjoy this theme because I myself try to live by it, this could be some sort of motto.

Speaking of leadership, I got to my parents place on Friday morning and was lucky enough to spend a bit of time with one of my nieces before heading out again for the way of the cross. By spending time with my niece this is what I mean….DSC_0672.JPG Continue reading “He is risen! Il est vivant!”

Reviving a Fading Desire

Life is something that changes in the blink of an eye. One day you’re happy where you are and the next day you can’t understand why God would permit you to be in such a situation.

It’s been a month an a half since I got back from Haiti and I’ve been having a hard time re-adapting to this culture. Since I got back from Haiti I spent a week with my family and I had a blast but after those two weeks were over I started my new job and had to move away again. I love my job, I’m the new coordinator of youth ministry for an archdiocese which works on many reserves.

I fell in love with the aboriginal culture three years ago when I took a program called ‘RéconciliAction’ which teaches us on different cultures. That year we were learning about the aboriginal culture. As I was learning more and more about this culture my desire was growing deeper and deeper to work with them. I knew I could work with them but just yet because I was still in University and wanted to finish my studies. I think this was God foreshadowing  that I would be working there eventually.

After University it’s like my love for this culture faded away. I thought it was just a passing desire and so I moved back with my parents and worked on the farm for the summer to discern what my next step in life would be. Not long after that I was invited to join a one year program called the ‘Catholic Outreach Team’. I spoke with a few people about it and finally I joined. It was long process to apply, I had many papers to fill, an interview and more papers to fill. I know God wanted me in that program because He gave me the patience to go through all those papers.

What I didn’t know about this program was that they go up north on reserve for a few weeks. I was pumped when I heard that! When we were on the reserves that desire that I had a few years ago blossomed.

But then again when my ministry year was over my love for the culture faded. If you have been following my blogs you know that after that I went to Haiti for 8 months. A beautiful place which helped me to grow in love and patience for others.

During my last few months in Haiti I was starting to worry about my plans for when I got back home in Canada but God had a plan for me. One night before going to bed, I asked God about that desire of working with aboriginals, why would creep up then fade away? I wasn’t expecting an answer to this but the next morning my brother sent me an email suggesting that I applied for a certain job. This job seemed way out of my capacities, I studied communications and multimedia not theology or leadership. The job posting he sent me was for a job as a coordinator of youth ministry for an archdiocese.

At first I just ignored it thinking ‘no way, that’s not for me’ but I kept looking back at the email. Finally I checked out where this archdiocese was and noticed that one of the reserves I had been to the previous year was in this arch.. I remembered the people, the culture and the comfort I had with being there.

I applied and today I am working with this culture. I’m falling more and more in love with the people. They are so inspiring and all have such different backgrounds. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me. ❤

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Blessing in disguise, maybe?

We are living in hard times. Over 30 religious communities have been attacked and robbed in Haiti in the last 3 months. They even burned down a mission house earlier this week. Haitians don’t realize how much the religious communities have helped Haiti move up in the world. Most schools are run by religious religious people, brothers, sisters, priests and deacons. And they do it for free, they don’t want to get paid.

We now have to take extra extra precautions whenever we go out. The attacks are always at night and we know that all the attackers are men.

Yesterday all the religious orders met up and walked to the Cathedral to let the world know what’s been going on. After the walk we had mass all together, lay people and religious. I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful mass I ever attended. The Cathedral was packed full of people. In pews that we regular sit 5 or 6 people we were 10. And there were many people who stood up for the whole mass because they had no place to sit. It was an awesome atmosphere. I loved seeing so many people there praying all at once. And during consecration it was quiet, I could of heard a pin drop from the other side of the cathedral. All in all, it was an event which reminded me that there is good in every situation whether or not we see it.

Please if you have a minute or two pray for these men, that they have a change of heart. And that God may penetrate their hearts to show them that they are loved.

-my catholic living