Notes from the Field - The Día de los Muertos celebrations I experienced at Beatitude House touched me deeply, especially given the recent passing of a wonderful person I met at the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown.
GSR Today - The U.N. began marking Oct. 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 1992. It is not lost on anyone what the price of poverty exacts on people's lives. According to the U.N., close to 800 million live in extreme poverty, and isolation and loneliness are part of that experience.
See for Yourself - "She's one incredible lady. Why, we all refer to her as the 'Mother Teresa of Real Estate,' on account of the clients and properties she shepherds."
Notes from the Field - One of the volunteer projects I enjoyed the most during my stay in Jordan was the Caritas Music Project, offered throughout Jordan and aiming to integrate Syrian Muslim refugee children with Jordanian Christian children, ages 6 through 12. So the Salesian Sisters' house in Amman opened its doors to refugees once again.
GSR Today: Is there nothing we cannot turn into "proof" that we are right and someone else is wrong? Everything is either black or white, good or bad, and there is no in-between, no situation in which our judgment should change.
See for Yourself - "Everybody wanted to play the accordion back in the 1950s. Although I really wanted to play the piano, we couldn't afford one at home, so the accordion was the next best thing."
Notes from the Field - Understanding with whom we are working, we can then use that wisdom to employ methods that are more relevant and personal to them. Collecting more self-knowledge will help us constructively criticize how we respond to those we serve.
GSR Today - Trafficking victims live among us. They may grow our food, make our clothes, serve us in a restaurant, do our hair or nails, or build our electronic devices. Trafficking occurs in every state in every nation. The number of networks of sisters working against trafficking around the world is an impressive force, but the problem of trafficking is getting worse
"She turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus" (John 20:14). Ahead of me going into the grocery store is a lady wearing a plaid skirt, a checked blouse, a cardigan full of holes, and bedroom slippers for shoes.
Notes from the Field - Part of my mission in Jordan was to work in ministry to Iraqi refugees. In my months working with refugees. Despite the struggles the Iraqi refugees I met face, I found them to be kind, warm, smart, well-educated, and optimistic amid their hard situation.
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