Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

Am I the Older Brother?

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.”  Luke 15:1-3, 11-32     Reflection by Makena Clawson, Christ in the City        When we consider the parable of the Prodigal Son, we often ponder just that: the Prodigal Son. But what about the two other characters, the good Father and… Read more »

The Father’s Infinite Mercy

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.”  Luke 15:1-3, 11-32     Reflection by Jonathan Sitko, Catholic Apostolate Center Staff        This Sunday’s Gospel reading recounts for us the parable of the   Prodigal Son. The importance of the message in this parable while we are in the midst… Read more »

Stepping Into the Shoes of the Prodigal Son

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.”  Luke 15:1-3, 11-32     Reflection by Ben Neville, Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest, Alumnus             The beauty of parables is that they provide relevance regardless of who we are or the time period we inhabit.  Now, I will concede… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Advent, A Season of Service: Focus on Spirituality

This is the fourth blog post of our Advent series. Every Sunday we will feature a reflection by one of our current or former volunteers. You can download the entire reflection guide here.  Fourth Sunday of Advent “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke 1:39-45Reflection by Elisa Raubach, current Maggie’s Place… Read more »