This morning our new parish priest came to our class to introduce himself. He came to the Vermilion parish over the summer because Fr. Roger moved to a parish in Wetaskiwin. I met Fr. Joy at his first Sunday mass in our church. Today, he told us a bit about his background and where he grew up. Fr. Joy lived in the 23rd largest province in India, called Karela. The province of Karela has a smaller area than the province of Nova Scotia in Canada, but the population of that one province is larger than all of Canada’s population. Fr. Joy said that the apostle Thomas sailed to India to spread Christianity.
Fr. Joy is part of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception which is a congregation of about 500 Catholic brothers and priests. He said, when he was in about grade 5, his sister joined the convent and is now a nun and works as a pediatrician. When he first told his parents that he wanted to be a priest, they told him to finish his education first. After grade twelve, Fr. Joy studied to become a priest. When Fr. Joy came to Canada, he first went to Edmonton and worked in two different parishes, St Theresa then St. Thomas More. After that, he came to the Holy Name Parish in Vermilion.
Motivation is important. It helps you do tasks you may or may not enjoy. The Motivation Survey on MyBlueprint says I am motivated by achievement and support. I like feeling that I’ve helped people and I especially love the feeling of accomplishing a project or task given to me. Knowing that I’ve worked hard on a project and actually finishing it is satisfying to me.
When I have ideas for a project, I like to ask other people, like my family or friends, if they think it’s a good idea. Having support makes me more confident in my ideas and what I’m working on. Supporting other people is good too. I know I like to be supported, so I try to support my friends and family. Everyone is motivated somehow. I love to feel like I’ve helped someone and accomplished a goal I had. Support helps me be more confident in my ideas and other people need to know that they are supported too.
If you find out what your top interests are, you might have an easier time choosing the courses you take in high school and university. My top subject area is computers, although, it got the same percentage as science which was the second subject area. My third subject area, according to the Knowledge survey on MyBlueprint, is languages. I’m not sure if the first one is right, but I am interested in how coding works and how computer programs are developed. Some of the sciences, like chemistry, will be interesting for me to learn about. I think I will really enjoy Physics when I take it in grade 11 or 12. Foreign languages would be helpful to understand, especially if I was faced with a situation with someone who couldn’t speak English. For example, my dad and I were in Canmore and a woman was trying to ask us to take a picture of her with the mountains in the background, but she was from Quebec and her English wasn’t very good. It would have been helpful to be able to speak French to talk with her. It would also be very cool to be able to speak a language other than English.
I just took the Interests survey on MyBlueprint and it told me that my interest traits are artistic and investigative, and my interest type is called The Pioneer. It is called that because pioneers can take an idea that someone already had and use it for something else. People with this personality type might have trouble explaining their thought process to people. I would prefer to have an unstructured environment to use my creativity.
People who are poor don’t have a lot. They might not even have a place to sleep, but in the Beatitudes, it says they are blessed. They suffer to get what they need to live. In heaven, they will suffer no more, they will have everything they need because of Jesus. The tenth Commandment tells us not to want what other people have, or be jealous of them. People who have enough and maybe even more, need to help other people in need and not be greedy with what they have. Be grateful that you have enough and give some of that to the people who really need it. You could donate clothes or shoes whatever else you have that someone else need more than you do. You could give money to a charity or go help at a soup kitchen. All this is great, but sometimes people have enough to live, but are poor in spirit. They might need someone to help them spiritually, to help them find God again, and believe in him.
According to the personality survey on MyBlueprint, my personality is called ISFP, or the Composer. I am more introverted than extroverted. I usually keep my thoughts to myself and I’m not likely to blurt out my thoughts. Introverted people don’t really like to be the centre of attention. To gather information, I tend to use sensing instead of intuition. That means I am focused and am observation. I also pay attention to details. When I make decisions, I mostly decide based on my feelings, not thinking without bias. I think about how my decision will affect other people. I am not usually perceived as uncaring or unaware of other people. I think my outlook on general lifestyle and structure is fairly good. I am open and flexible with new information, and am able to keep different options open.
I am mostly a visual learner. I like to learn by seeing. For example, I would definitely rather read a book than listen to an audiobook. When I’m studying, I usually read over my notes and underline or highlight the important parts that I need to remember. I like to visualize how a problem needs to be fixed. I find that drawing out a picture helps me figure it out. I like to do riddles and I find it helpful to draw a picture or write down what I’m thinking so my thoughts don’t get all jumbled. I am also a pretty good auditory learner. Sometimes, when I’m studying I say out loud what I need to remember. I’m not much of a kinesthetic learner. I don’t need to move around that much when I’m working.