Category: Lent

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 »

Easter Sunday Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“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 20:1-9 By Monica Thom Konschnik, Catholic Apostolate Center Staff and Former Jesuit Volunteer Imagine how it must have… Read more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”John 12:20-33 By Laura Castro, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff and Former Cap Corps Midwest Volunteer In today’s reading, Jesus reveals his death to his disciples knowing they soon would be… Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent Reflection – Forty Days with the Four Pillars

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:14-21 By Carol Lackie, Catholic Volunteer Network Staff This is one of the most frequently quoted passages of the Bible. For many believers, simply mentioning “John 3:16”… Read more »