Within our FNE Explorer movement we strive to help our members grow ever closer to God by incorporating various elements or aspects of our faith into our everyday program.
Are we successful, you bet we are! Parents and youth members regularly report back a sense of a greater peace, heightened sensitivity to doing what is right and just, the realization that sin in our world (including our own) is very real, an issue that we all struggle with each and every day of our lives. We are drawn ever closer to the Lord through the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist while being increasingly willing to enter into prayer so that together and as individuals we can grow ever stronger in our love and trust in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Explorers we are gaining a sense of joy by serving others (such as feeding the homeless or visiting seniors), to be sincerely forgiving those who have sinned against us or our loved ones, by being set free by asking for forgiveness for our own trespasses from the Lord and our fellow human beings, and by respecting and loving fellow human beings regardless of gender, creed or culture as we are all children of God.
Our Timber Wolves and Explorers (like most children who have encouragement and good adult role models to follow) when they enter into prayer or participate in Holy Mass or Reconciliation generate such a great sense of joy, peace, openness, love and innocence that transcends any subconscious doubt, pettiness, impatience, distrust, anger, frustration, or doubt that adults may be bringing to the activity or celebration in question.
Within our FNE Explorer movement we strive to enter into extraordinary activities that further support the ideals of our movement to help shape the youth entrusted to our care into responsible, loving, caring, joyful, faith filled, trusting, caring, happy and giving young people, the leaders of tomorrow. We have learned, and continue to learn not to underestimate what our youth are capable of doing or achieving by setting high standards and to provide positive encouragement, support, ideals and examples. Our Timber Wolves and Explorers will rise to meet and often exceed our best laid expectations and hopes.
To help enable and support what is written here we entered into an All Night Eucharistic Adoration at our home parish of Blessed Trinity Parish operating in two hour shifts starting at MIDNIGHT and ending for us at 6.00 a.m. the following day. The evening of June 13th started off as a very humid and hot one with severe thunderstorms in the forecast.
We quickly set up tents to support our overnight Adoration and by 10.00 p.m. the skies opened up with a torrent or thunder and lighting and monsoon type rains as the water lashed the tents and its contents. Collectively the some 30 boys and leaders then huddled inside the church basement to enjoy a movie, snacks and a drink before the first group would enter to adore Jesus who is present in body, blood, soul and divinity hidden in the Eucharistic host cradled in the monstrance itself. For readers who are unfamiliar with Eucharistic Adoration, its meanings, value, what it is please visit
Each group of 10 plus a number of parishioners from at large joined in on the different adoration events such as listening to a reading from the Holy Bible, or from a book of wonderful prayers entitled Before the Altar written by Venerable Concepcon Cabrera De Armida. In addition we prayed the Rosary, or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, or being in deep silent prayer to reach out to Jesus and to open our hearts, minds and souls to the many graces that the Lord wishes to give to us his adoring and loving children. Our youth like other children are especially loved by the Lord as told to Sister Faustina when Jesus said:
"Bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who would keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is able to receive My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence".
Several of the participants struggled to fight off the body who said... time to go to sleep... to stay awake, to be alert and mentally engaged... and surprisingly they all managed to do so with each two hour time period flying by as we each in our own way called out to the Lord to hear us, to love us, to protect us and more.
Yoon age 8 said "I liked being there a lot, to feel really close to Jesus, to be able to pray a lot"
Thomas age 10 said..."I wish that I had more time to pray to Jesus this way, to be really close to him, if I could I would have stayed here with Jesus for the whole six hours". Just a few weeks prior Thomas had this unique experience and we quote:
From the moment that we entered the chapel the Timber Wolves quickly fell to their knees and where soon deep in prayer (while all but one was)... with utter trust and an openness to believe what they had been told by their trusted leaders... the 30 minutes that we spent in the chapel went by in a flash... as it was time to go home.. we reluctantly got up to leave... our smallest Timber Wolf (Kevin) was in such deep prayer that we had to go over to stroke his head (as his face was buried in his little hands) to get his attention... with some effort he slowly got up to leave... the Timber Wolves twice before leaving the chapel on their own again fell to their knees in adoration and respect for the Lord...
As we stepped into the cool air one of our Timber Wolves (Thomas) was totally overcome with emotion... his tears flowed like a river... and when we asked him what was wrong he said... I felt that Jesus touched me in way that I don't understand... but I feel that I am weak... and that I feel so different... this is the same Timber Wolf who told us earlier in the evening when we went for our hike... You know Akela that every time after I have gone for confession I come out crying... so happy that Jesus forgave me my sins!
On another occasion we cite the following example...Upon return to our regular meeting place the Timber Wolves talked in a very excited way about how much they enjoyed their visit to be with Jesus, how they want to return and do this again, what they asked Jesus for (let my Mom get better, please help me be smarter at school, please help the souls that are suffering in Purgatory, please help me be a good Timber Wolf). We talked about how much Jesus loves them and what he will do to protect them and help them be pure in spirit, body and mind. As we completed our evening departure prayer one of our other Timber Wolves (Justin) started to cry... much to our surprise... and when we asked him why he was crying he said... Right now I feel so close to Jesus that I can't help but cry... as his tears of joy flowed as he felt a little weak and overcome as he realized what he just experienced...
The picture below illustrates the 4.00 a.m. to 6.00 a.m. shift, the most difficult one of all as the boys had to get up out of their tents from a deep sleep after changing into their uniforms before heading off into the church for their turn at Adoration. Here one of the Explorers is reading out loud from the bible while some of the other Explorers and Timber Wolves look on in awe at Jesus truly present in the Eucharist.
Another Timber Wolf Joon said... the more I prayed, the more I called out to Jesus the less tired I felt, the easier my prayers became, the closer I felt to Jesus, I want to do this again next year!
We closed off our all night Adoration with a solemn procession through the church followed by Mass at 9.00 a.m. Together we prayed once again from the very centre of our being and best of all received Jesus in the Eucharist. Upon conclusion of Mass we happily streamed into the parish hall for a breakfast of pancakes and sausage along with our morning drinks all quickly consumed before happily and tiredly heading home for a well earned nap or rest knowing that we have received the many blessings that the Lord has to offer us! Thank you Jesus!
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