Fr Joy’s First Visit

On the morning of September 26/2019, Fr Joy came for a visit to our class.  With no basic theme or context, Fr Joy came to simply tell of his background and who he is.  Fr Joy came to Canada from India, in the province of Kerala in 2017.  Kerala is a province in India about 20 000 square kilometers smaller than our own province of Nova Scotia but has around the same population of Canada.

Fr Joy was ordained a priest in 2012 and came to our Parish here in Vermilion in July 2019.  My first impressions on Fr Joy are good ones.  He’s funny, kind, and knows a lot about the Catholic faith, which are all good characteristics of a priest in today’s world.

The location and size of Kerala compared to other provinces.
A view of the Kerala landscape.
Fr. Joy

What motivates me?

What motivates me?  A simple question, with complex answers, but a simple question nonetheless.  First off,  my answer, or answers, to this simple question without the influence of ‘myBlueprint’ would be that I am motivated by seeing the reward of my hard work paid off by the changes I see in the world around me.  In simpler terms, I want to see how my actions positively change the world.

Now, on the website, I did a survey meant to further define what motivates me.  Personally, I feel motivated to work if I know that work is positively changing lives, and the world. If I know that my hard work is paying off to change peoples’ lives for the better, then I’ll be motivated to work for sure.

Another result of the survey pointed out that I am motivated by recognition for my work. If I know that I’m making a difference in people’s lives, then I would certainly be motivated by the factor of recognition or thanks.

Knowledge of My Own Variety – Language and Science

According to the results of the survey I completed on the ‘myBlueprint’ site, my top subject fields are Science, with language arts close behind, and in the number three spot was ‘creative arts’.  Personally, I’m not sure I see myself as close to pursuing a career in arts as I am to pursuing one In science or language, but results are results.  I’ve always felt more connected personally with language than with the sciences.

In grade one I made what has to be the first-ever piece of writing I did on my own, now, I don’t know why I remember so vividly the exact words I wrote, but these were them:  ‘John ran to the bus’.  After us little grade one students had somewhat completed writing down those simple words, the teacher asked the class a simple question, ‘why did John run to the bus?’.  Now, at the time I was a forgetful little kid, and, with all honesty I still am today.  The personal connection I made to my writing at the time was how I frequently forgot my lunch bag when going places.  This would explain my answer to the teacher’s question.  My answer to her question was that John had forgotten his lunch bag, and was in a rush getting to the bus on time.  Though I know this little example doesn’t seem like much, but since then I’ve applied more and more personal connections into my writing.

As for the majority science portion of my knowledge according to the survey, I do agree that a lot of my knowledge to day is based on around science.  I have always had a passion for the sciences, and this is evident throughout my academic career, as on nearly all my report cards, my science mark is always top three.

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the LORD your God:
you shall not have strange Gods before me.

I am the LORD your God, put Me first above all things in life,  you shall love Me and fear Me.  But do not fear Me in a way that you hide from Me, but rather fear Me in a way that induces respect.

 

2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

You shall keep the name of the Lord your God hallowed, and sacred above all names, for God is the holy one above all else.

 

3. Remember to keep holy the LORD’S Day.

You shall not continue work as is usual for the rest of the week.  You shall not neglect Sundays as a day of rest.

 

4. Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not reject the love of your parents, and you shall not go out of your way to disrespect your parents.

 

5. You shall not kill.

You shall respect human life, and preserve human life, for from the moment of conception to natural passing, human life in any and all forms is sacred.

 

6. You shall not commit adultery.

You shall honor your spouse, have fidelity between you and them, keep things loving, and choose to love each other regardless of flaws.

 

7. You shall not steal.

You shall be thankful to the LORD for all that you own, and if you want more, there’s always more work that can be done to get what you want.  Nothing on this world comes with you after death.

 

8. You shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

You shall be truthful to yourself and others no matter the situation, and never lie when testifying to an account of an event.

 

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

You shall love your wife, and be eternally grateful and loving with each other.  By being married, you vow to be with each other forever, and coveting your neighbors wife goes against those promises.

 

10.  You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

The act of coveting, of wanting more than you have, of desiring that which is someone else’s is impure. You shall take pride in your own goods, and know that hard work in life will be more rewarding than simply being envious.

My Interests

My interests, according to the survey results on the ‘myBlueprint’ website, would compile to suggest I am a ‘consultant’ .  The website told me that consultants are always deep in thought, a natural problem solver, and have good communication and interpersonal skills.  All of these points I can reflect on, and agree with.

The Tenth Commandment and its Connection to the Beatitudes

The ‘poor’ and ‘poor in spirit’ are mentioned in the beatitudes of Matthew and Luke respectively.  There is a largely distinguishable difference between being poor when it comes to wealth, possessions, property, and being poor in spirit.  Being poor in spirit is a bit more complex than poor in the other sense.  For starters, any person, regardless of their non-spiritual wealth, can be poor in spirit.  The single person on the planet who is the richest and wealthiest in possessions can be poor in spirit.  As can any person with very little wealth, possessions or property, be poor in spirit.  So then, what must define spiritual poverty?

To answer this question, I believe it would be easiest to take a look at what defines spiritual wealth, then simply take a gander down to the opposite end of the spectrum to define spiritual poverty.  Furthermore, how can we begin to define wealth in the spiritual sense?  Well, let’s start with the Ten Commandments.  The Ten Commandments are, in layman’s terms, a set of rules, or laws a man named Moses was given a  long time ago on top of a mountain in the desert.

We can compare this set of rules to laws we have in the modern society of today.  A person who is obedient to all of the laws, regulations, responsibilities, and expectations of a society would surely have some form of wealth.

For example, a man is a resident of a rural area since birth, lives his life according to the law to adulthood, and accumulates wealth along the way.  Meanwhile, another man goes against the law at every turn, and lives his life being scorned and shunned by his peers.  By the time the unlawful man reaches adulthood and keeps with his unlawful life, he would surely be jailed, and be in poverty for not being a proper member of a functioning part of society.

It can be inferred that the same way of life is reflected unto those with spiritual wealth, or lack thereof.  A person that follows the Ten Commandments, attends masses, takes part in the sacraments, and lives their life according to the laws of the Catholic faith, is no doubt comparable to a hypothetical person who lives their life according to the laws, regulations, expectations, and responsibilities of their hypothetical society.

Meanwhile, the opposite is happening on the other end of the spectrum.  Those poor in spirit would surely be comparable in fortune to a person poor in the form of money or property.

The Be-Attitudes of the Beatitudes

What are be-attitudes? Let’s take a close look at the term first. It starts with the verb ‘be’, which suggests a way of being, acting, or viewing the world around us.  So with this information, we can elaborate, and take a look at the attitude part of the term.  The attitude bit is in reference to the different attitudes displayed by Matthew in his gospel. This is where the Beatitude part comes in.  In the Beatitudes, we learn of how ways people are treated, for example, persecuted for righteousness’ sake, as well as being known as children of God for making peace, and so on.  These are the attitudes of the Beatitudes. Now the be-attitudes would be applying a way of being, acting or viewing, as to model the attitudes of the Beatitudes.

My Personality

Using the surveys on the ‘My Blueprint’ website I completed, I shed further light on my own personality.  The survey was composed of 40 questions to which I had to choose one of five choices, which were each varying levels of how much I agreed or disagreed with the overlying statement.  I found myself hitting ‘somewhat agree’ for most of the questions, which I personally don’t think to be a bad thing; there was a lot of statements I really did agree with.

I found out I was a ‘provider’ after completing the survey and viewed my results.

My Style of Learning

On the ‘My Blueprint’ website, I completed a survey meant to show what type of style I use to learn. The survey asked twenty questions, in the form of a brief explanation of a scenario or situation, I was given 3 actions to place in the order of most likely, or favorable actions at the top, a neutral action in the middle, and the least likely, or least favorable course of action, at the bottom. After the survey, I received a report of the questions I had responded to, which told me I was a visual-auditory learner, which meant I learned by looking, seeing, hearing, and listening, as seen below.

From studies on this same topic of learning styles in previous years, I had figured out prior to this survey that I was mainly a visual learner, and I also felt that I was also partly auditory. Furthermore, after completing the survey, I was not surprised to find out that I was more visual than anything else, as seen above by the big numbers in colour. However, I was surprised to find out that I was twenty-four percent a kinesthetic learner, while I always felt that I wasn’t nearly as much a kinesthetic learner as compared to visual or even auditory. However, it’s surprises like these that help us to greater understand ourselves.