Category: Lent

A Palm Sunday Reflection

By Anna Jeide, currently serving with Lutheran Volunteer Corps Palm Sunday Matthew 26:14-27:66 “Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the namewhich is above every name.” The Palm Sunday text has always struck me as a bit strange, but… Read more »

Resting in Brokenness

By Greg Hamilton, currently serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Fifth Sunday of Lent John 11:1-45 “I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will never die.” Today’s Gospel challenged my understanding of what it means to be compassionate. When Jesus learned that a loved one… Read more »

From Brokenness to Healing

By Molly Trainor, former Benedictine Volunteer Fourth Sunday of Lent John 9:1, 6-9, 34-38 “I am the light of the world, says the Lord whoever follows me will have the light of life.” Today John tells of Jesus healing a man born blind. When others learn that the man can see, they ask themselves, “Isn’t… Read more »

Grace Meets Us Where We Are

By Melissa Carnall, alumnus of Amate House Third Sunday of Lent John 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42 “One does not live on bread along,  but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Writer Anne Lamott tells us, “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.”… Read more »

Savoring the Graces by the Light of the Moon

By Celina Roybal, alumnus of the St. Joseph Worker Program of Orange, California Second Sunday of Lent Matthew 17:1-9 “From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear Him.” In today’s Gospel, the mountain is a place of prayer outside of the everyday world where a luminescent encounter with… Read more »

Jesus Did, So Can We!

By Adanna Adaka, serving with the St. Joseph Worker Program in Orange, California First Sunday of Lent Matthew 4:1-11 “One does not live on bread along,  but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Being raised in a Catholic household, I grew up hearing these Bible verses over and over again… Read more »

Ash Wednesday Reflection: Expect the Unexpected

By Katie Mulembe, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff and Franciscan Mission Service Returned Missioner My mission in Zambia turned out to be nothing like I expected. Before I left, I had spent a lot of time researching the country, learning about the current status of abject poverty and HIV/AIDS in the region, deciding on the best… Read more »

Easter Abroad: Reflections from Peru

“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 Stephanie Sanabria, Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest Alumna      In this Gospel reading we are… Read more »

Service Inspired by the Empty Tomb

“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 Libby Riggs, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Volunteer Program Coming to the end of my discernment… Read more »

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 »