Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

The Mystery of the Resurrection

“When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.” John 20:1-9Reflection by Hannah Abalos, Dominican Volunteers      Christ has risen! Truly, he has risen! The Resurrection—the… Read more »

Witnessing Forgiveness

“Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom“ Luke 22:14 – 23:56    Reflection by Debbie Northern, Maryknoll Lay Missioners Staff            Palm Sunday always seems like a roller coaster of emotions for me.  We wave palms and have a  procession after hearing how Jesus was given a hero’s welcome in… Read more »

Will You Follow?

“Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom“ Luke 22:14 – 23:56     Reflection by Cody Maynus, Visitation Internship Program Alumnus             Palm Sunday is all about walking, isn’t it? We find ourselves walking alongside the massive crowd who gathered outside of Jerusalem, waving our palm fronds, and singing “All glory,… Read more »

Look Again

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw” John 8:1-11     Reflection by Anna Dourgarian, Visitation Internship Program        For the first time in reading this passage, I was disappointed. It is one of the most famous passages of the entire Bible; everybody knows the line “He who… Read more »

Dropping the Stones

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw” John 8:1-11     Reflection by Sarah Ceponis, Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Alumna             Back in the days of high school drama and cafeteria gossip, I remember hearing of a classmate who had supposedly cheated on his girlfriend. My… Read more »

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 »