“Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God ; for God is Love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God So loved us, we also ought to love one another. ” 1 John 4: 7-11
If you haven’t heard it, you will: the song “Take Me to Church” is storming the radio and rising to the top of the charts. You might think, “Great, a song about going to church; why wouldn’t we want that?”
If you take a closer look at what is really being said, you will realize this song is about quite the opposite.
Here is here is a tale of two NET team members on a spooky autumn, told in a manner that is more dramatic and detailed than required.
Once up on a time, on a cold fall night at around 9 pm, my NET sisters Claire and Haley were doing their nightly workout. Everyone was asleep and the house was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. In the midst of doing wall sits, they heard a soft knock on their door. So Haley cautiously opened the door but there was no one to be seen… They looked at each other, puzzled and slightly nervous. Claire said, “Hello?”but there was no response. Read more
The South has been very kind to us over the past few weeks. We’ve traveled from Louisiana to Alabama, then to Georgia, North Carolina, and now Virginia.
We’ve had the opportunity to meet many people through retreats, host homes, and even gas station stops! During this time, we have strengthened as a team in that we have gotten to know each other a lot better. It really does feel like we are family!
Greetings from Fargo, North Dakota! Our team has been living it up in North Dakota for the past while, and we are loving it here. Some of us are praying for snow, most of the Minnesotans among us are praying for the opposite… but hey, God’s will be done, right? We’ve come to realize that as a team we are made up of pretty unique individuals, which has made for some epic tales along the way, so welcome to: Story Time with Team Nine! Read more
Hello again from all of us here on Team 5 at Forest Lake, MN! Let me begin by saying that it is getting cold over here… like, really cold… like, less than 20 degrees. Now hold your laughter all of you arctic Minnesotans, this is colder than some of us have ever experienced and I hear it’s just the beginning. But hey, that’s okay, right? We have the love of the Lord to keep us warm! Read more
Team 4 continues to spread God’s good word through the already frosty Minnesota. We’ve completed our time in the dioceses of Bismarck, North Dakota and Crookston, Minnesota. We’ve also accomplished our 22nd retreat, ministered to almost 850 retreatants, met countless host families, and devoured 390 pieces of pizza along the way.
Although the missionary life has begun to take its toll on the team and exhaustion is slowly creeping in, God continues to pour out his grace upon us and strengthen us through our daily team prayer. Read more
In my opinion, Thanksgiving is one of the greatest celebrations.We are giving thanks for what God has provided, while eating amazing food.
A slow roasted turkey, honey-baked ham, sugar-glazed sweet yams, buttery mashed potatoes, double cranberry applesauce, warm Thanksgiving stuffing, homemade gravy….. and I’m just going to stop there because I’m incredibly hungry now.
I think we all know that with great food comes great consequences. Below are three strategies to avoid the dreaded Thanksgiving food coma.
Hello again from the cold (I’m told it will get a lot worse before it gets better) state of Minnesota! Fun fact: Last winter, school was closed for several days because you couldn’t leave your house without being in danger of literally freezing. The Californian, Floridian, and British members of the team are living in fear… This is the Providence Academy team coming at you with another update.
Since our last blog post, much has occurred, including but not limited to attending a homecoming game and dance, accompanying a bus full of students to a Lifeline event, visiting a corn maze, and running several more retreats.
Retreats continue to be a powerful part of our ministry, as we are able to focus directly on the faith with a large number of students and pray with those who are open to it. However, the beauty of school team ministry is that we are also privileged enough to be able to have one-on-one encounters with particular students after school and on the weekends, usually at a coffee shop or café. Read more
The “Good” Days
There are “good” days, when the energy on a retreat is incredible, when we are warmly welcomed by retreatants who desire to grow in their faith, and catechists who desire to see a growth in the faith of their students.
Our team was blessed to have had three “good days” back to back. It was a fruitful time spent with a priest who referred to the students at the high school where he worked as his kids, host families who had a love of the faith and a desire to instill that same love in their children, and a retreat given at a high school where diversity was visible and yet the school was one big family. Read more
Have you listened to the radio lately? Watched a movie or television show? When’s the last time you heard a song about love? Like two seconds ago? Or have you ever watched a movie that wasn’t even a romantic comedy, but of course, it had some sort of romance scene or side love story?
Or how about the gossip magazines, their front covers plastered with stories about who married who? Who cheated on who? Who’s dating who? Even our conversations with our friends are consumed with those same questions: who likes who? Who’s your girlfriend, boyfriend, crush?
The point that I’m trying to get across is that our world LOVES love! We’re gripped by and infatuated with relationships and dating. Don’t get me wrong, the desire for love and to be loved is good and holy.
The problem is: our world is chasing after the wrong kind of love. Read more
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Hello again from Team 13 in Plano, Texas! As the weather (finally!) begins to change, it has been fun to look back and see how much our team has changed and grown in the past two months that we have been together. We are getting to know each other better every day, and we are learning how best to serve one another and work together for the good of the ministry. As a team, we are also learning more and more about working on God’s time and following His plan. Though our awesome team leaders make great schedules, sometimes God just lets us know (not very subtly I might add) that He has something better planned.
Traveling in a 12 passenger van with 12 people has been crazy! The long van rides have allowed for team bonding moments, fruitful conversations, and the ability to truly appreciate each other for who we are, quirks and all! It seems like yesterday we were a group of ragtag people wondering how God would use all of our talents to work together all for His glory.
Our team is dealing with two cases of bronchitis, one teammate was in the hospital for severe dehydration, and some of our other members are simply exhausted from adjusting to life on the road. Added to these misfortunes are the road demands that include late nights and zombie-slow early mornings, it’s apparent to the whole team that leaning on Christ and on each other for strength.
1. Rely On the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.
Mary is the perfect model of virtue. St. Louis de Montfort goes so far as to say that she had “truly divine purity, which never had and never will have its equal this side of heaven.” Above all else, she desires that we join her with the saints in Heaven forever. Imitate her virtue, and ask for her powerful help.