Yesterday I participated in a retreat at Rosemary Heights with some of my work colleagues from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Before leaving my house in the morning, I texted some of my closest friends asking them if there was anything or anyone they wanted me to pray for.
I was affirmed and surprised by their prayer requests (I’ve slightly edited some of them to protect privacy):
- My heart
- My sister in the Philippines
- The health and happiness of our newborn
- Me as I recently broke up with my fiancee
- The youth ministry coordinator
- That we will be blessed with children
- Good work-life balance
- That my dad finds a purpose that makes him happy
- My aunt having surgery tomorrow
- My mom’s 70th birthday
- My aunt who is ill
- My dad and how he fits into my life
- Peace in my heart
- My relationship with my boyfriend
- A healthy granddaughter
- Dissertation, move, and travel mercies
- Vocation, family, and ministry
- Me, my wife, and my family
- That we can sell our house
- A safe trip for my in laws
- My upcoming trip overseas
- Health of my relatives
- Ministry inspiration and vision
- My sister’s job transition
- My friend who is struggling
- My friend how just went through dialysis
- Wisdom, clarity, and discernment and for God to open doors where He desires
- My friend having struggles in her marriage
- Safe labour for my wife
- Our newborn daughter
Continue reading It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask – The Power of a Prayer Request
At a meeting at work today, each participant was asked to answer three simple questions as part of a quick ice-breaker:
- Where did you grow up?
- How many siblings do you have?
- What was one interesting or challenging thing from your childhood?
It was a nice and easy way to get to know some of my work-mates a bit better. When it came to me, I answered like this: Continue reading First Impressions: For Better or For Worse
We don’t do a good enough job of affirming people. I’m talking about in our own families, among friends, in our workplaces, and in ministry. Often, it’s easier to find faults in others and judge others than it is to say something nice about them.
This is especially true in certain situations. Take sports for example. Many athletes use trash-talking to try to get into their opponents’ heads. The thinking is that it might throw your opponent off, giving you an advantage. Michael Jordan, Jerry Rice, and even Sidney Crosby are known to be good trash-talkers.
Continue reading Celebrating Gifts Through #dailyaffirmations
Here’s a brief promo for my talk at Vancouver College on January 20, 2015 on everyday Catholic family life.My talk is called: “What You See is What You Get: Living our Catholic Faith at Home”Being a witness to our Catholic faith is more than what we say or even what we do; it’s rooted in who we are. This workshop will explore what it means to be a true disciple and witness for Christ, and how we as parents can model a healthy and authentic Catholic lifestyle to our children.
My Christmas break started off rather inauspiciously – I spent the majority of Christmas Eve in Richmond General Hospital. After a bevy of tests including a blood test, urine test, CT scan, and ultrasound, it was confirmed that I wasn’t pregnant (yay) but that I had an inflamed large intestine (boo). Needless to say, it made for a rather uncomfortable few days.
The remainder of the break was without incident, and we spent much of the time entertaining family and friends at our home or going to gatherings elsewhere. Between Christmas, New Year’s, church functions, birthday parties, family gatherings, meals at restaurants, and more, we always seemed to be around people. Intuitively, it made sense. The holidays are a chance to see people that you might not often see amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, school, etc).
In between gatherings, Gail and I enjoyed some much-needed quiet time at home with the kids. These quiet times were few and far between, but sacred nonetheless.
And I realized – now more than ever – that I’m interested in quality over quantity. Continue reading Quality over Quantity