Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, a nation with a deep history of racism on both sides, died on December 5th. He spent most of his life fighting against the divide of the “blacks” and “whites.” Perhaps somewhat of a punch in the face, Mandela spent nearly three decades in prison because of his unrelenting fight against racial divides. In spite of this epic injustice, four years after prison, he continued to fight and went on to become the first black president. On top of this heroic unrelenting quest for truth and unity he was also remembered for giving himself and his great dedication to the poor. He was known as both uniter and a giver. Read more
The team is a full 11 once again! Miss Katherine Dunn has officially rejoined the crew after the breaking of her collarbone, cozying up the van and bringing a fresh dose of joy. This past month has been full of surprises, blessings, and gifts; Katherine merely being one of them.
We as Christians are constantly being reminded of the greatness, love, and generosity of our Lord, but how often do we actually take this legitimately? Verse 9 of Psalm 145 reminds us that “the Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.” Why is it that we are deserving of the compassion of a mighty Being while we’re simply humans?
It’s because we’re His simple humans. Read more
I would be lying if I told you that my faith is perfect now that I am Catholic. In fact, my first year of being Catholic was one of the most difficult years of my life. I was tempted, tried, lethargic, reluctant, and everything in between during that year. I was choosing to not go to Mass and I was choosing to stay away from confession – hence why it was difficult – I wasn’t choosing God. Because I wasn’t frequenting the sacraments, I wasn’t receiving the grace I needed to keep my faith alive. This is when I realized just how important the Catholic faith was for my well being. Read more
(GULP!) That’s a short statement, backed by his lengthy letter released last week, entitled Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).
Let me offer a quick primer on papal documents. I’m not sure how many people realize that different papal writings have different ecclesial weight attached to them. It all depends on the dogmatic history of the teaching, and the Pope’s intention. Check out EWTN’s concise summary on the different categories of papal documents.
He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
We are all called to serve. We are all called to be missionaries, in some way, shape, or form. And our calling this year is to drop everything we have, and to go out into the world to proclaim our Lord’s truth to thousands of young people across the country. We all feel extremely blessed to be called to such a great mission, and God is proving himself as our provider every single day as we learn more and more to place our trust in Him. Read more
Greetings from Team 9 at Providence Academy! Our team is settling into the school and the ministry God has given us. We have been abundantly blessed by the relationships with students and through the generous hospitality shown by their families that host us.
As a team, we have seen ministry being especially effective as we have grown closer in our relationships with each other as a team and as a brotherhood and sisterhood. As part of serving with NET, we pray together as a team daily for an hour in praise and worship, and every week the Spirit has been moving in a different yet tangible way through scripture and through the ways we come together praising. Having this hour of team prayer every day has made many of us realize the importance of prayer, and our need to be filled with God’s grace in order to spread his love to the people we serve. Read more
Jesus called together his twelve disciples. He gave them the power to force out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. The first of the twelve apostles was Simon, better known as Peter. His brother Andrew was an apostle, and so were James and John, the two sons of Zebedee. Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus were also apostles. The others were Simon, known as the Eager One, and Judas Iscariot, who later betrayed Jesus.
Throughout our time on the road we have come to the realization that we are all different and we have come from very different places. Just like Jesus’ 12 apostles we have many different stories and personalities, but we have found that this gives us the ability to minister to such a diverse range of youth. This verse has shown our team that a variety of people is needed to be as effective as possible. Jesus called to His 12 apostles just like He calls us each day to be an example of His love to those around us, such as our team, family, or those we pass by in the course of our lives. Read more
Dave Rinaldi posted the above photo on Facebook, joking, “First time I’ve been to a Mass where the Bishops outnumbered the lay people.”
NET staff members Mark Berchem (Founder and Executive Director) and Dave Rinaldi (Program Director) were fortunate enough to spend time with many of the bishops who attended this week’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) general assembly in Baltimore. Mark and Dave had the opportunity to catch up with bishops who currently have a NET team serving in their dioceses as well as bishops who have never experienced NET Ministries. Read more
The first part of our journey is halfway over and in many respects it seems as though time is moving too fast and too slow all at once. There are moments when it seems like we just left The NET Center and there are moments in which it feels like years have gone by. But the one constant in our ever-changing traveling lives is love, which is God. Read more