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Wow!!! We finally arrived at our destination today (August 20) at 5:25 pm and all tired out. I knocked on the Rectory door, a gentle man opened the door and politely said, "Welcome to Fort Providence, you must be Anthony." So I said "Yes and thank you, and you must be Fr. Wes!"  "No I'm not Fr. Wes," he said. "I am Bishop Murray!" Oookayyy! Hmmm... "I am sorry your excellency," I said. Then he gave me a gentle smile. Good thing I was able to contain the embarrassment since none of the Mission team members witnessed this. But I guess now it's out... Oh well!

Our Polish born host priest, Fr. Wes is a man with a great sense of humour. He pranked us over and over just in the first night. Welcome Mass was celebrated by Bishop Murray with Fr. Wes concelebrating, with some members of the community present. Starting tomorrow, every day will be filled with different tasks from church painting to rectory renovations, funeral mass and reception (Fr. Wes warned never to miss the reception as there will be lots of food), school visits, family visits (in particular with the elders in the community listening to their stories).

Okay, I have to go to bed now. More news coming on the way...and pictures too :)


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We all are doing great and are energetic as we proceed on our journey - itch free driving and entertaining scenery, great bonding and friendship between the missionaries, and good humour from Randy Barwick :)

Last night (Sunday, August 19) was wonderful as we were welcomed by Marie, the Youth Coordinator at the Archdiocese of McLennan. She treated us to good food, great hospitality, and socializing. We almost forgot we needed to set out early today.

We are now headed to our final destination, Fort Providence, and have about eight hours to get there.

Watch out for our photo collection as soon as we arrive and settle in at Fort Providence.

Reporting live from an unnamed road!


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Lent Versus Giving Up

So I grew up in a family where Lent was for me an obligated punishment as opposed to a pleasing observance. My Mom, a few days before Ash Wednesday, would start to sing into our ears the need for Lenten observances and “giving ups” – prominent among which was FASTING from FOOD!!! She made each child spy on one another so you could hardly break the fast until the appointed time. As a smart little boy, I remember making a deal with my little brother by breaking the fast before 12:00 noon and we made strong promise not tell on each other…so technically we were still fasting because our lips would be wiped super clean, and our faces dropped in hunger (faked though).

At that time I had no understanding of the true essence of giving up something for Lent. As I grew older, I gradually understood that to give up something is to save for the rainy days. Just like putting away few pennies in a piggy bank for a few weeks and boom…it’s already a dollar!

Following the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi: “it is in giving that we receive,” I’ve come to realize that each time I give up something, I feel a lift in my heart…like a burden is taken off my shoulder. Please let us not misconstrue this to mean that when we offer alms to the needy we are passing on our burdens to them. We are required to be of good service to the needy and the poor, after all these were the people with whom Jesus was friends. “Indeed, I tell you, for as long as you do this to any of the least of my sisters and brothers, you do it unto me.” (cf Matt 25:40).  But how hard it is for us to part with our possessions sometimes!!! After all we worked for them, they are ours!!! We live in an individualistic society where communal living is not popular anymore. In short, we believe in and rely on our strength to get whatever we want. We are busy basking in the Euphoria of false needs and beliefs: if only I can get that job, I will be secure and have money to afford modern luxury…Oh yea, I will put in my best at the office so I can impress my boss and be in her/his good book, and yes other members of staff will applaud me and hold me in high esteem…and what about control and power…yes, yes I will do whatever it takes to be the one in charge! Others must listen to me!!! This is our story many a times, and once we are made to be ruled by these false beliefs, getting out of the trap becomes very hard.

Pondering on the temptations of Jesus by the devil in the desert, we see how Jesus reaffirmed that although He was in the nature of God, [He] did not see equality with God as anything to grasp. In response to the devil at the first temptation, Jesus opined that food alone doesn’t nourish us, but we are fulfilled by the words of God. At the second temptation, He said to the devil: never put God to the test, and at the third temptation he retorted: Only God must be worshipped!!!

In all these, we are reminded that human frailty is inevitable but God carries us even in our lowliness.

As we sojourn in this season of Lent, let us not rely only on our human strength and abilities, but let us have absolute trust in God and surrender to Him. He will carry us through and provide us with all the strength we need. Please let us remember the poor and the invisible minorities in our community at this Holy season and stretch out a hand of help to them. After all, it is in giving that we receive.

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