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My Dance Off with Jacinta

Enough talking...let's get dancing
Enough talking…let’s get dancing

Last month I posted a fun video with adorable Jacinta, the 3 year-old daughter of Colm and Sharon.  I was a guest on her YouTube channel called Deep Thoughts.

Well, Jacinta and I have combined forces once again, but not for interview.  This time, it’s a dance off.

You’ll see very quickly why I don’t dance in public.  The only reason why I got invited out to clubs back in the day was so I could reserve a table and watch everyone’s jackets and purses.

Jacinta’s Corner: Name-Dropping with a 3 Year-Old

Jacinta and me
With Jacinta

When I was in Saskatoon last month, I was blessed to spend some time with an adorable and spunky 3 year-old named Jacinta.  She is the daughter of Colm and Sharon…both of whom I’ve known for many years through diocesan youth ministry.

Sharon has put together a great YouTube channel called Deep Thoughts featuring videos of Jacinta.  She has participated in dance-offs, monologues, public service announcements, and even helped announced pregnancies!

I put on my Vancouver Canucks jersey while Jacinta put on her Montreal Canadiens jersey and the game can-you-top-this was on.  Enjoy!


My Interview with Salt + Light TV at the CCYMN National Youth Ministry Conference in Ottawa

During my recent trip to Ottawa for the CCYMN (Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network) National Youth Ministry Conference in Ottawa I was interviewed by Cheridan Eygelaar of Salt + Light TV for their blog on their website.

Check it out!

Reflections from the Rangers-Senators Game in Ottawa: Jason Spezza Owes me a Burger

After a full day of work meetings in Ottawa, we made our way to Scotiabank Place in Kanata for the NHL game between the visiting New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators.

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Be Still and Know That I Am Your God

I’m in Ottawa this week for the biennial National Youth Ministry Conference put on by the Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network (CCYMN).  By virtue of my position as the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM) for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, I’ve been part of the CCYMN since its inception in 2005.

Prior to the weekend conference, the Directors and Coordinators of Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry are gathering for a few days for our Annual General Meeting.  It will be a great chance to pray, to share, to network, and to discuss issues that we face on both national and local levels.

At the opening session of the AGM, we broke into small groups and talked about the conference theme of “Be Still and Know That I am God” from Psalm 46.  The responses from my group members were not surprising: we are all busy balancing family and ministry (and other things) and it’s a challenge to just “be still”.  Yet we collectively realized that it’s vital to our ministries and more importantly our health, our relationships, and our overall well-being.

I told my group that while I acknowledge the importance of being still, it actually isn’t really on my radar or a priority for me…at least currently.  I certainly wasn’t suggesting that I was busier than anyone else, but I did offer that I’m not wired to “be still”.  When at home, I do my best to make sure that I’m truly present to my wife and kids in all ways:  physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  But when they go to bed, my first thought isn’t always to join them (it doesn’t help that my wife Gail often goes to bed before sunset but that’s not the point here…haha).   I do my best work when I’m working well into the night, or more accurately, well into the next morning.  Sometimes it’s ministry work and other times it’s creating written and video blogs on the Vancouver Canucks (my other passion besides family and faith).

Granted, I’m not getting any younger so I certainly don’t have the stamina that I had 10 or even five years ago.  I know that my wife Gail would like me to get more sleep but it’s hard, especially when I’m excited about what I’m working on. And I realize it’s always the same routine in the morning: while we’re scrambling around trying to get the kids ready for school, she still takes the time to read the blog or watch the video that I had finished just a few hours prior. Even when I can tell that she doesn’t care, at least she pretends to.  :p

So I admit: this theme of being still is going to challenge me and stretch me.  Obviously, I recognize the value of slowing things down and simply resting in the Lord.  I, like many others, often catch myself being more “Martha” and less “Mary”.

But I must remember that I don’t always have to be “chasing after” God or “seeking after” Him.  There are times when I need to just get over myself, be still, and let Him find me.