Category: VOCARE

Another World is Possible

Powerless. It is a feeling, an emotion, that overwhelms the very essence of our being. Nothing dispels hope quite like the feeling of powerlessness. When I was a junior in college, I interned at the Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America in St. Louis. One project I worked on was putting together Paquetes de Poder. Paquetes… Read more »

Wonder in the Unexpected

If I could give a title to my year of service thus far, it would be Wonder in the Unexpected. This year has brought me a new vision of the world, of who I am, and of what truly matters.  What I expected this year to be and what I have experienced in the past… Read more »

Social Justice While Social Distancing

“Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful” -Lynn Ungar We are living in an unprecedented time. This moment implores us to recognize our common humanity. Now more than ever, we are able to see that the health of the most vulnerable among us determines the health of us all. The… Read more »

Creating Shelter for Jesus: It Begins at Home

During this time of “sheltering-at-home” I have chosen to more closely shelter Jesus in the home of my heart.  With my day’s schedule changed, my work transformed, and events cancelled, it has been difficult to know where to begin.  However, these changes have welcomed in greater time for prayer and reflection on my ever-changing understanding… Read more »

A Tribute to Dangerous Women

Update from Gabby – March 19, 2020 Since writing this blog, the novel coronavirus has reached a pandemic scale, disrupting lives and crippling the economy. The Loretto Volunteers in St. Louis remain healthy and are practicing social isolation. This unprecedented time reminds us that the health of the most vulnerable among us determines the health… Read more »

Turning “Humdrum” into “Harmony”

The buzz of my alarm, the rushing of traffic, the screeching tires in the parking garage, and the “good morning” conversations in elevators…This is how my day starts and probably how many people start their days; this routine of going through the motions of a preprogrammed, premeditated day.  In my mind, I already know which… Read more »

What Does Welcome Really Mean?

On August 9th, I climbed into a shiny, blue minivan with Sister Mary Swain. She must have seen the fear in my eyes, because she immediately met me with an embrace. She was taking me to the Loretto Motherhouse where I would embark on a year-long journey with the Loretto Volunteer Program. I was terrified…. Read more »

The Service Summit

Wind rushing through my hair, crunching snow below, and the surrounding sights of sharp cliffs; at last, I have made it to the summit!  Nothing can describe the thrill of seeing the view at the top of a mountain I struggled to climb.  The beauty takes my breath away as I recall the memories along… Read more »

A Poem to Close

One of my last days living in El Paso, my house mates and I sat in Sister Mary Margaret’s home with about 5 or 6 Sisters/co-members.  We circled around Sister Elisa’s chile con queso and piled this delicious gold of hers onto our plated chips. Periodically, her dog trotted about the circle of humans in… Read more »

A Renewed Sense of Community – Part 2

After joining a community, building and strengthening that bond is so important to maintain unity. I was so fortunate to become close friends with my fellow AV volunteer Rugile. Our household became smaller in the summer when our third volunteer had to leave early, but the two of us kept on with regular meals and… Read more »