Category: Former Volunteer Reflections

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 »

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 »