Post-summer update

I can’t believe it’s September already.  The weather is starting to become cool and wet, days are becoming shorter, marking the end of what has been an incredible summer (and year to date).  It’s been a while since I’ve written here, so with the changing season I thought I’d share a bit of an update of 2016 so far.

Some of these warrant their own blog posts, but until I have time to write the full thing here is a summary. Continue reading “Post-summer update”

The 4 Liters Water Challenge

At one of our recent EDGE youth ministry sessions talking about the Corporal Work of Mercy “giving drink to the thirsty”, we challenged our youth and ourselves as leaders to complete the 4 Liters challenge.  On a normal day most of us use over 350 liters of water, however, for many other people around the world, water is not as abundant and people may be lucky to get four liters of water each day.  So the challenge is to live in “water poverty” for one day, using only four liters of water over a 24-hour period.

I ended up picking last Thursday to do this.  I was working from home that day since our team would be going Go-Karting close to where I live.  Since I would be home for the majority of the day anyway, I figured it would be slightly easier to measure my water consumption.  On the other hand, you could call it slightly cheating – it definitely was not a regular day for me.

So to plan out my 4L day, I roughly allocated 1L for my morning routine and breakfast, 2L to drink during my “work” time, and the remaining 1L for the evening and dinner.  Here’s how my day went: Continue reading “The 4 Liters Water Challenge”

Popes Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII

Crowd in St. Peter's Square estimated at 800,000 people
Crowd in St. Peter’s Square estimated at 800,000 people

Yesterday, Popes John Paul II and John XXIII were declared saints in a canonization mass attended by over 800,000 people in St. Peter’s Square.  For the rest of us who weren’t able to make it in person to Rome, the event was live-streamed and now available to watch on YouTube!

Here in Vancouver, the archdiocese held a Mass to celebrate this event with about 10,000 attendees in Pacific Coliseum.

What makes a saint?

I couldn’t really find a better way to summarize it so here are some quotations from Mark Hart’s blog post on “What makes a saint”:

…the Church doesn’t “make someone” a saint. The Church recognizes the holiness of certain individuals and honors some with the title of “saint.” If you make it to heaven, you are a saint – whether or not the Church recognizes you as one publicly.

[God’s] given us … the saints to offer a model of life and example of prayer.

Your sainthood doesn’t begin when a council starts investigating your life. Your invitation to sainthood began at your Baptism. Your life – right now – is your RSVP.

In short, we should learn from the canonized saints, and strive to become a saint ourselves.