Coming down from the Mountain

Often, it is so easy to just stay in the mountain and not want to come down. During NET training it was like we were on the mountain at the Transfiguration. In the gospel of Mark, it tells us how Jesus brought Peter, James and John on a journey to a high mountain to be apart by themselves. Than before their eyes Jesus was transfigured!! He was in His full glory, in dazzling white like no beauty on Earth could ever amount to.

Elijah and Moses appeared and started to talk to Jesus. Peter was in such shock he didn't quite know what to do, yet he saw the goodness and beauty that was in that moment so he stated, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (Mark 9:5)

During training, Christ brought us up to the mountain to be apart by ourselves, to see the reality of heaven, to under go a conversion of soul, body and mind. We were fully awakened to God's glory for we were able to experience Him more often in adoration, in the mass, in Reconciliation and through our brothers and sisters being men and women fully alive. We were able to learn more about our faith and how to share Christ with others. We were challenged to grow deeper in our relationships with other people as we ourselves came to begin to live as men and women fully alive. Those things were so awesome to experience, yet we couldn’t just set up camp and stay up there for a while, we are told to come down from the mountain and speak of what has happened.

Christ has called us out. He has called us to take what we learnt and what we experienced and bring Him to the youth of Canada. He has empowered us and will never leave us alone. We have been through the Thunder Bay, Grouard-McIennan, Nelson and Edmonton dioceses. We have been able to put on 23 retreats thus far for students from grade 6-12. Every retreat we are able to meet a lot of amazing youth and have fun with them throughout the day. We break out into small groups where we are able to know them better and answer students questions about faith and God. It is so beautiful to see how many are searching for truth knowing that they won't be satisfied by lies. They are told that this world can satisfy them, yet they know that they are left empty and longing for more. Our mission in small group is to answer questions and lead them closer to Christ. Later on in the day we are able to pray with each student in our small groups and allow them to respond to God's love for them. After a retreat in Edmonton a grade 7 student said, “When I got to pray I felt I could let go and ask God for his guidance. I got to hear all the Netters stories and I felt like I could relate to the experiences they had. I used their advice and for the first time I felt connected with my religion and God. I actually cried, I just let go and let God take over.” God is able to use us to lead others to Him.

We have seen His beauty daily through His breath-taking creation, through the way He works in the youth we encounter, and the beautiful host homes that open up their doors to us, give us food, great company and a place to rest. There has been so many ways that Christ brings us to that mountain top again, to experience Him a bit deeper, to be challenged to grow as a person a bit more, and to be given opportunities to practice virtue. He refills us, gives us the rest that we need and empowers us to go out.

"He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross and you will find yourself entirely." -St Catherine of Sienna

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