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Until the beginning of my year as a missionary with NET Canada, I really lacked the understanding of who the Holy Spirit is.

To me, He was obviously the third person of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but other than saying His name, I had no idea of who He was or the influence He has over each of our lives. At certain points He is spoken of more; Pentecost, confirmation, even my parish was named Holy Ghost, but I didn’t really experience the Holy Spirit until I gave Him permission to enter my life - to be a part of my mission year. Of course, I had been called by the Holy Spirit many times in life prior to NET, but without an open heart, I could not see that it was Him who was working.

Mothers are such a wonderful gift to us. They help feed and nurture us as we grow from infancy into adolescence and they don't even stop there. As Catholics, we have such a wonderful gift that comes in the form of our Blessed Mother Mary.

My earthly mother is a short little Asian woman who is extremely loving and cooks amazing food (I don't love her only for that reason, although it's a big reason). She never fails to look for opportunities where she can love me. Growing up as a cradle Catholic, my family and I would pray the rosary every now and then. Also, my late grandmother would pray the rosary every single day. I knew Mary was the mother of God, but I never knew the significance that Mary had and the important place that she has in our history of salvation. What was the point of praying to Mary? Who is she really? Why can't we just pray to Jesus?

You’ve probably seen some of us NET missionaries, or at least pictures of us. You may have noticed how we only travel with one suitcase and a backpack. How do we do it you may ask?! Jesus! Haha, though Jesus does help us, there are a lot of decisions we have to make on our own when it comes to packing for such a unique adventure!

So whether you’re thinking of applying for NET yourself, want some overall travel advice, or are just looking for light reading, I got the blog for you!

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.