Blog Posts from August, 2016

A First

Screen shot 2016-08-24 at 10.23.23 am A woman came to our front doors last week. She was short $58.00 to pay her WE Energies bill. She was told she had to pay a certain amount or her electricity would be shut off. She had most of the money needed for her bill, except the remaining $58.00. We gave her a check made out to WE Energies for the remaining $58.00.

Time Flies

Img 2266 Time does fly by fast, I felt like the past three months I spent in Milwaukee ended in a flash. Milwaukee has been nothing but great for me and my vocation. I was able to meet with a lot of wonderful people who have generously given up their time to volunteer at Capuchin Community Service's St. Ben's Community Meal site. They really have inspired me to continue my journey with God. It is a blessing to know that someone would spend time and pray a rosary for me, plus for those who discern for the priesthood.

What We Take For Granted

Shower-1502736 1920 Last Thursday I had the privilege of serving at St. Ben’s Community Meal. There were a couple of volunteer cancellations, and I was free. The last time I served, the weather was mild, and the volunteer serving team looked energetic. This time, the volunteers looked cheerful but wilted. August 11th was another humid, hot day – in the 90’s. Fortunately, our faithful volunteers and staff (myself included) can go home to a refreshing shower afterward and enjoy the comfort of air conditioning. Our guests at St. Ben’s Meal are not so lucky. For many men, women, and children the meal hall is their only respite from a long day dodging the heat and sun. They wait patiently outside on the east side of the building where there is a bit of shade. The heat is tough on them; you can see it in their tired faces and slow movements.

The Ministry of Compassion

Word-cloud-936542 1280 The Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order’s mission statement is referred to as the “blue sheet.” This blue sheet lists the mission statement and six vision and value statements. The value statement that has been on my mind lately is, “compassion.” Capuchin Community Services interacts with a variety of people of differing race, faiths, and mental capacity.