“Lifting peoples’ spirits by showing them they have friends who are willing to help them will ultimately allow them to reach out of poverty.” Jas Singh
This is not the first time I’ve posted about Jas Singh. A simple man with big dreams and day by day he is making his dreams come true. His only goal in life is to feed the poor. Not only is he feeding the poor, he’s taking a whole community along for the ride. He has a database of 1100 volunteers who help him run the farm so he can produce the food needed to feed the less fortunate. His goal in 2014 was to produce 500,000 pounds of produce from 70 acres of land to donate to the local food banks. Jas sustains himself by growing and selling crops on the side for very little income. He has big shoes to fill but he doesn’t see this as his lone mission, he sees the bigger picture and he sees his goals achieved by a community. He does it with volunteers and the support of a large social media community whom answer his requests every time he calls out for help, whether it be sowing the fields, harvesting the crop or setting up an ice rink. We don’t often get cold enough weather for an outside rink in this town, but when the temperature drops Jas takes to Facebook to appeal for help to flood the fields, for donations of generators, lights, speakers and music, barbecues, hot-dogs, hot chocolate – you name it he gets it as his army of volunteers answer his call. The general community comes out as well and share his pledge on Facebook with as many as 58,000 views. The weatherman said last week that we would have a cold snap, so Jas answered the call and his rink was ready by the morning of December 31st. The sun was strong so the boys and I headed to the farm by 10:30 am to get as much skating in as possible before the ice started to break up under the heat of the sun. We skated until 1:30 in the afternoon and left as the ice was getting soft. I read later that a thousand people showed up that day all enjoying a day of skating with their families, eating hot-dogs and drinking hot chocolate. The skate was by donation as Jas is raising money so he can seed his land to grow the crop he plans to donate to local food banks. His mission is simple but an incredible up-hill battle as he faces daily challenges. His secret to facing these challenges is that he doesn’t face them alone – he has many supporters and for this he is humbled. For more about Jas – read his story here:
I’m a big believer of angels. I know I’ve had angels around me at various times in my life. Some I could feel and some I could see. Angels are all around us, especially during difficult times. I know a couple who desperately need an angel right now to help them through a very difficult time. Even though I’m positive an angel has found his/her way to this couple, if there are any angels that can hear my thoughts, please find your way across the country to a very special couple who need you way more than I do at this moment…
A few word about angels:
The existence of angels — a truth of faith
The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.
Who are they?
St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.'” With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word”.
As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.
I’ve been power walking with my neighbour for a while now. We get up at 5:30 am and walk for an hour, sometimes I think our mouths get more exercise than our legs! We both find 5:30 am the best time for us to get in an hour of exercise. We work full time, the kids have homework or sports after school, dinner, laundry for the next day and getting the kids off to bed takes too much time in our evenings to get a walk in the schedule. My oldest has been getting up and coming with us as he enjoys walking with my girlfriend’s dog Rex. My youngest son gets up every now and then but he likes his sleep. My walking buddy went to Mexico yesterday, so I asked my boys if they wanted to get up and take the dog for an early morning walk. This is what we woke up to – snow. Here my walking buddy goes to Mexico and it snows. I got up a little late this morning and it was just me, my youngest son and Rex. I grabbed my camera because I knew the snow wouldn’t last and there’s nothing more breath-taking than a fresh layer of snow.
It was pretty icy this morning and you had to watch your step. Half way through the walk, I stepped off the curb onto the road and unknown to me there was black ice. My feet went out from underneath me and it happened so fast I had no time to get my hands out to break my fall. The strangest thing happened, my fall seem to go to slow motion and it was as if someone caught me from the fall and laid me gently on the ground. I landed softly on my butt, then slowly the rest of my body laid back as if I was lying down on a bed and finally the back of my head hit the ground like I would lie down on a pillow, very gently. I was lying there staring up at the sky a little stunned when Rex’s snout appeared and then my son’s face. He said “mom are you ok?” “Yes” I said, “just a little stunned.” “Why are you stunned mom, are you hurt?” “No I’m stunned, I’m not hurt, my head should of hit that ground really hard.” I got up like nothing happened, no pain in my lower back or legs, no pain in my shoulders, no pain in my head, nothing. Very strange, I’ve had similar experiences before where I’ve counted my lucky stars that someone or something was with me, but nothing quite so drastic as this morning. I believe in angels and I’m not sure what form they take, but I know angels are amongst us. Something was with me and my son this morning and I am very grateful.
When I see a fresh layer of snow I always think that it’s God’s way of laying down a protective cover on the earth and the world seems to stand still. Maybe he sent his angels out this morning as well….