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One thing God has been teaching me is His providence. God is always going to provide you with what you need just when you need it, and He proves it countless times! This is an example of one of those times.

The Meaning of Advent

As we approach the Christmas season, I can’t help but get excited to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Before I get too ahead of myself I remember that the season of Advent comes first.

 

Bells ringing off into the distance, the sight of fluffy white snow outside, the smell of turkey cooking in the background, the crackle of the warm fire. These are some of the senses of Christmas! However, what is Christmas without Advent?

1 Timothy 4:12- "Let nobody despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity."

Have you ever wondered where life would take you?

As the team serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, we had been told all throughout training that our ministry would be unlike any other team’s, and that flexibility is key. This being said, we would have never expected the nature of our ministry to be as it has been thus far.

On Monday the 1st October, the 7 NET Missionaries of Team 6 drove into what was officially their home parish for the next 8 months, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, in Brooklin, Ontario.

It all began on the frigid, dimly lit, evening of October 30th. It was my day off, and I was meandering down the streets of uptown Fort McMurray, jamming out to some Foreigner, when the inevitable call of nature hit. The call that all Canadians feel whether they like to admit it or not. The call to go to Tim Horton's.
Urgently desiring to escape the arid subarctic air, and to bring my core temperature back up a few degrees, I made a right and headed towards the nearby Tim Hortons. Upon passing through the gate and once again finding myself in that haven of warmth and sugary confectioneries, a thought bubbled its way to the surface of my brain: “I wonder if they have Hockey Cards.” Now at first, one might question the relevance of such a question...

“Somebody special is looking for you. Somebody special is searching for you. Somebody special is waiting for you. Somebody special, special.”
– ‘Somebody Special’ by Rod Stewart
  As human beings, we have a desire to feel loved, wanted and needed – to feel special. We desire that special promotion or that special someone in our lives who make us feel like royalty. We each have such a man in our lives: Jesus Christ.

Most of the time, as a small group leader, you have one day to pour your energy, heart, and soul into the individual men and women that were placed in your care, not really knowing the full impact or impression you make. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get signs or general feelings of gratitude or growth, but more often than not, after doing all you can to love and guide them to conversion, you are left wondering if you helped them in any way to grow closer to Christ, let alone if they liked you or not. Nevertheless, you have one day to show Christ’s love to these young people...