Growing up, my family has always been the most important to me. They taught me to put God first. My three eldest siblings are an inspiration to me, both in the way they live their lives, how they love their families, and how they live out their vocation.
From a very young age, my parents made sure I knew I was loved, and that I knew God loved me. I attended both a Catholic elementary and high school. Going into university, I half-heartedly searched for ways I could strengthen my faith within post-secondary life. Surprisingly, I found nothing. For the first few years of university, I fell asleep in my faith. I still went to Mass every Sunday with my family. But for the most part, my faith stayed in the church building and didn’t affect the rest of my week. Until my 3rd year of university; CCO came to my campus. These CCO missionaries cared about me, spent time to get to know me, and built a strong friendship. It was through this friendship that they were able to challenged me to live out my Catholic faith – to be more than just a Sunday Catholic. I made a conscious decision to put Jesus at the centre of my life and to live every day for Him. Ever since then, my life has never been the same. Life still has it’s joys, trials, and challenges, but I can confidently say that I am no longer asleep in my faith, but awake and striving towards sainthood.
“And he who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” (Revelation 21:5)
Having joined CCO staff, I am a campus missionary at the University of Calgary. What I love about being a campus missionary with CCO is the opportunity to see, firsthand, lives being changed because of the Love of Christ. It is Jesus who transforms their lives and once they’ve encountered Him, they are never the same. Most of my stories that I love to share are about the students I work with.
Through discipleship, missions, and conferences I see our students encounter the love of God. In this renewal of faith, I see them being challenged to live it out their missionary call as Disciples of Christ and become missionary Disciples of Joy. Those who are searching in their faith are searching for this joy. Ultimately, they are searching for Jesus. I am so inspired by the students, I work with. They are courageous, humble, holy, and dedicated. I see how God will renew the world and it will be through them.
“ and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well”. (2 Timothy 2:2)
ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS
Please pray for…
– An outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Catholic Christian Outreach.