Thursday, October 11, 2012

pump up the volume

"brothers and sisters
pump up the volume
we're gonna need you" (MARRS - Pump Up the Volume, 1987)

1, 2, 3, go!  the Year of Faith is underway!  as i've alluded to, i have a project in mind for this particular year.  videos on faith!

today is the start of the Year of Faith, as well as the Synod on the New Evangelization (how to proclaim the Gospel using new methods, ... technology for example).  a couple weeks ago i watched ABp Lacroix's conference on the subject.  i also watched a few more videos from the Archdiocese of Montreal.  a few months ago i was talking with my classmate, Fr. Craig Cruikshank, Director of Youth + Vocations for the Diocese of Peterborough.  he gave me a great idea, .. that of videos on faith!

over the next year, i plan to have monthly, weekly?, videos on faith!  on my own journey, i am always encouraged to hear the testimony of others on how they've met God in Our Lord Jesus Christ!  isn't that the goal this year? - to know Him better, to love Him more, to follow Him more closely?  therefore, i will try to talk to as many people as possible - French, English, bilingual, young and young at heart, single, married, ordained, brothers, sisters, and families!

i already have many people in mind - including you, :)!  you interested?  last night i had an executive meeting for Ottawa Challenge Cursillo, and someone already signed up for the project!  stay tuned!  also, before the meeting i was at the Cathedral's residence for supper with His Grace and the brothers!  i talked about my idea with everyone, and over the year i'm sure there will be a few more that volunteer!

today, the first that i volunteered, was Mgr Gilles Lavergne!  the Year of Faith also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  Mgr Gilles lived through it, and has now celebrated 50years of priestly ordination!  he has been everywhere in the Archdiocese of Ottawa - Cumberland, secretary to ABp Plourde, St. Charles, St. Sebastien, Annunciation, and more!  it was great to talk to him today about his journey of faith.  everytime we talk, he is always joyful - striving to grow deeper in love with God, and neighbour!  it is contagious!  i am happy to share with you his testimony today.  if you have ideas for others in the future, please let me know!

often, when i see His Grace, he reminds me to keep the faith!  however, the only way to do that he adds, is to give it away, that is to share it with others!  i hope you enjoy the rollercoaster that will be the Year of Faith.


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