Above all, I value my relationship with the Lord and I desire more than anything to help bring people into a relationship with Him. I have experienced God’s mercy in my life in tremendous ways. I hope through my own deepening of my relationship with Jesus and through sharing that with others, I can be a testament to the infinite power of Divine Love and Mercy. I want every person individually to know God’s personal, proven, merciful, and offered love for them as one of his beloved children!

Lent is a time of diving head first into a greater intimacy with Jesus. When I think of Lent, I think of Hosea 2:14: 

“Therefore, I will now allure her,

    and bring her into the wilderness,

    and speak tenderly to her.”

By observing the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we enter into a sort of “desert” where we deny ourselves of some of the pleasures of our world. It’s in this denial, in this “desert” that we can hear as the Lord “speaks tenderly” to our hearts. The Lord speaks to us in so many different ways, such as through scripture, through our thoughts, through our passions and desires, and even through other people. It can be difficult to discern what is coming from God and what is not, and that’s why we need the “desert.” When we do let God speak to us, we can be assured the truths He tells us of who He is and who we are will be absolutely and profoundly beautiful. It’s in hearing those beautiful truths that God is speaking to me that I experience His love and I’m given the grace to show it to others. And when we hear the beautiful truths He has for us, He fills our “deserts” with living water, just as He promised in Isaiah 41:18:

I will open rivers on the bare heights,
    and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
    and the dry land springs of water.”

Holy Spirit Parish is my home parish and I have so many beautiful memories of encountering the Lord here! My first really recognizable experience of knowing God’s personal love for me occurred seventeen years ago when I was six-years-old at Vacation Bible School. That short week really changed my life, and as I’ve grown up, it’s been incredible to share my experiences of God’s love as a VBS and Youth Ministry Leader at Holy Spirit. It makes me so happy to see all the young and beautiful families and all the other young adults who bring so much life to our parish and witness on a small scale that Jesus’ Church is alive! Seeing all the older families and elderly men and women who dedicate themselves to attending Mass regularly is really impactful as well, as it witnesses to the importance of being faithful to God throughout one’s entire life. I’m excited to see how God will work through the parish to deepen His relationship with His beloved children. And I know that even if I’m called by Him to go on some wild adventure and move away from Saskatoon, I will always be welcome home at Holy Spirit for bulletin stuffing and coffee (once public health protocols allow of course.)