Part 2: Images of Our Father in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe

*Have no fear, no spoilers for Endgame follow, this blog covers only up to Infinity War

Part 1: Why are we drawn to Superheroes?

When our team first arrived in The Pas last October, Archbishop Murray told us a story from a short film by the Paulist order, which illustrated a concept that has continued to shape my perception of mission work in Keewatin-Le Pas. The story was of a young man who came to the people with the intention to instruct and fix; he thought he was a ‘filled cup,’ ready to give water to the thirsty. As time passed, he became aware that he was not at all effective in his efforts, and it seemed to him that all was in vain. The filled cup he came with was empty, with little to show for it...

Someone once told me that as humans, we are good at discernment, but not so good at deciding.  In other words, we’re good at weighing the pro and the cons, but we’re not so good at making a choice and sticking to it.  To be completely honest, I’ve never really liked the word “discernment.” I never really understood what it meant or how to do it.  Recently, I have discovered the true definition of discernment in a way I finally understand! Simply put, discernment is the decision-making process of aligning God’s will with our own; it’s discovering how God is calling us to live our lives.  Now in saying that, you can’t discern whether to eat a hotdog or a hamburger, but you can discern between an English degree or a Science degree. Discernment should be used for life-impacting decisions like what to do after high school or whether or not to get married.  Here are a few things that I’ve found helpful along my own discernment journeys:

Working in the diocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, I’ve been so blessed to receive so much more than I feel I’ve given. Every one to two weeks, we travel to a new community and work with the Indigenous people there. We do many different things, but something we love doing wherever we go is an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and healing.

People have always said, surround yourself with people you want to be like. For a while (or at least for the most part) I felt like I did. I associated myself with ambitious hard workers and constantly strived for perfection. What I didn’t take into account is how supportive my friends would be of my decisions. Growing up was difficult, with not many friends supporting me where I wanted to go, the people I dated, or why I went to church.

Serving as the Team Supervisor for Team 4 is a privilege for many reasons. However, their ministry to Indigenous youth has many unique challenges which make it difficult to supervise them from a distance. While the team is in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, actually immersed in the culture and learning from the people, I try and guide them from Ottawa. At the end of February, the Lord gave me an opportunity to close the distance.

I am definitely not one of those MARVEL fanatics. I like pugs and flowers and cheesy romantic movies, however, my heart was incredibly moved by the movie Captain Marvel.

If there's one aspect of the faith that I've learned the most about in these past two years while serving with NET, it's Trust.

What is trust?

“So…. do you guys sleep in your van?
Do you camp out?
Do you stay in hotels?”

These are common questions NET missionaries get from young people when they see the notorious NET van, or when they find out that missionaries often travel from city to city, or to a new parish community. And of course, the answer is, (thankfully) no!