Month: February 2016

Lessons from the Fig Tree

“But I tell you if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did” Luke 13:1-9     Reflection by Kristen Daniels, St. Joseph Worker Program Alumna          Today’s Gospel is one of the more applicable parables for those volunteering. The parable calls to mind one of my most difficult clients during… Read more »

Remember Who You Are

“This is my chosen Son; Listen to Him” Luke 9:28b-36     Reflection by Tom Carani, ECHO Program      “Remember who you are.”       It’s my grandpa’s favorite catchphrase to use when I’m leaving family gatherings.  He says it while gripping my hand and looking me straight in the eye.  His stare reminds me that… Read more »

Finding My Mission

“This is my chosen Son; Listen to Him” Luke 9:28b-36     Reflection by Sarah Raven, Good Shepherd Volunteers              Mission, witness, and identity are three overarching themes that can be taken from this text. It is important to note that what precedes this section of text is Jesus talking to his disciples… Read more »

God Willing: A volunteer’s experience working with refugees

By Chris Bargeron, currently serving with Dominican Volunteers They say that if you look at a picture at a different angle, something new will speak to you. Maybe you didn’t catch that shade of blue in the sky when you looked at it before or you didn’t realize the true emotion of someone’s mannerisms until… Read more »

Finding Strength in Weakness

“You shall not put the Lord, Your God to the test.” Luke 4:1-13     Reflection by Monica Patti, St. Joseph Worker Program in Orange, California      One of my favorite places to go during this mission year is Regina House, a retirement home for religious sisters. Regina House is so special to me because it feels like… Read more »

Service in Secret

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18     Reflection by Caitlin Wolford, Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of  Boston College          Praise can be a wonderful—or difficult—expression to accept. It… Read more »

Threads of Prayer and Justice

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Reflection by Dannis Matteson, Sisters of St Joseph of Rochester Volunteer Corps Alumni Reflection                 Prayer and justice go together…. Read more »

Remaining Teachable

By Maureen Paley, serving with Mercy Volunteer Corps in Sacramento, CA“Maureen, what living in community does,” she paused—a note of gentle, knowing laughter in her voice—“is unearth all of your personal demons.”I was sitting in McKinley Park in Sacramento, about a mile from the house I share with three community mates and fellow volunteers, all… Read more »

Dear Extraordinary You: A Letter to a Future Volunteer

By: Ari Alvarez, Current Loretto Volunteer Realizing that I am halfway through my Loretto experience, I can’t believe how fast time has gone…and how slow it has gone. These past five or so months have come with great highs and great lows. But, the most freeing realization is the acceptance that this is to be… Read more »