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We all long for comfort. We long to feel loved, and to have things work out. We like things to be peaceful, and easy! But, what if I told you that we were not made for things to be easy, for things to always be great, to be comfortable?

Before NET, I had a very comfortable life. I was homeschooled my entire life, all the way through, until the end of grade 12! I had a great job that I was planning on growing in, and potentially making my career!  I had the freedom of my own car - I could go anywhere. I had the freedom to do almost anything I desired! I was comfortable with the way I had my life. But would this be the path that I’m called to walk towards heaven?

Have you ever felt like there is something seriously wrong in the world and you just don’t know what you can do about it? You see awful things happening, and they just keep happening. People keep making awful choices. Entire organisations and institutions rally around ideas and actions that are, well, evil.

Might God be giving you a prayer burden?

Today while I was at Mass for the Feast of All Saints, I realized that the Church is not JUST about evangelization.  

The priest prayed such a beautiful prayer during Mass that spoke of the great City of Saints that we are all walking towards as pilgrims on a journey.  What is the way to get to this great city?  It brought me back to the universal call that Saint John Paul II called us to at the beginning of the third millennium: the call to holiness.

God forms us and challenges us even when we know His will. It is awesome to look back at the responses of missionaries before embarking on their journeys.

Questions include, what they appreciate about NET training, who inspired them in their faith and if they have any secret talents.

Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Recently a team member sent our whole team an article about sins we commit that may go unnoticed. One of these sins was worry.

At the foot of the cross, Christ looks down to us. He is beaten, bloody, worn and tired. He has undergone betrayal, being sentenced to death, a brutal beating, than He had to carry His cross a long way, just to be nailed to the very wood that He had journeyed with. Yet He wasn't on that cross for some crime that He had committed, but for the crimes, for the sins of others. He was selfless in the way that He laid His life down. He looks at us from that high but humble cross, not even for a second does He regret the decision that He had made.

It's already Holy Week. This period of Lent is a time for us to rid ourselves of material things and allow ourselves to come closer to Christ. It is a chance for us to recommit ourselves to Him and prepare ourselves for Easter Sunday.

As this first semester of ministry comes to an end, I can’t help but think back on everything that has happened up until this point. Sometimes it feels like I just left home a few days ago, and other times it feels like I haven’t been home for a couple of years. NET has a funny way of doing that to people! The amount of growth that I have experienced since being on the road is unbelievable. Not just personally, but also growth in team life and in our ministry. The amount I’ve grown over these past few months is more than I have ever grown in my whole life. I know that the main reason for this is that I have never been so challenged in my life. Challenged in many ways, but especially in going out of my comfort zone in everything I do.

So recently the NET Canada iNFUSE teams got to have our December retreat in Alberta.  It was a beautiful retreat center by the name of Ephphapha house. The snow lay in thick coats over the ground and would fall in heavy flakes.  The frozen lake was surrounded by hills that emptied out into it. It felt like our own little secluded part of heaven.  It was there that I began to reflect on many of the things I had struggled with over the first half of the year.

It’s a room full of love. Many Netters have fond memories within, the main room of CDL (Centre De L’Amour near Rockland, Ontario) where Mass, formation and evening prayer occur daily. A room of love and memory, but not just memory, since the living bread of the Eucharist resides so often there. I was so happy to return there for December retreat with my team, the place where our Net mission began.

Do you ever get distracted in prayer? I don’t mean so much the giggles of a buzzed toddler distracting you, or the typhoon of air that recurringly buffets in your direction by a rotating fan. I mean losing yourself in the analysis of the problems, events and plans of life. Basically, do you ever struggle between concentrating on Love itself, God, and the business of life? I do.