Community of Kinship
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Community of Kinship

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”. This quote by Aesop is posted in the main building of HELP of Ojai, where I have worked for the past 7 months as an Augustinian Volunteer. This quote emulates my time at HELP of Ojai working at the Community Assistance office. Whether it’s...

Learning to Say Yes
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Learning to Say Yes

“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes” (Bob Goff, Love Does). On Thursday, we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. During Father Kevin’s homily, he spoke about how all of Mary’s life points back toward Jesus. While...

Finding God
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Finding God

Since joining the AVs, my spirituality has grown exponentially.  From finding God in nature, priests, or just people in general my faith has been challenged and rewarded.  As I am positioned in Ventura, I knew that the surrounding area would be beautiful coming in to this year.  However, I could not have even predicted the...

What I Learned During My Volunteer Year
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What I Learned During My Volunteer Year

It is nearly impossible to sum up ten-months of your life in one blog post, especially when those ten-months involved moving across the country, starting a new job, and meeting tons of new people. Well here is my attempt: Doing a volunteer year is unlike any other year of your life, and unlike any other...

A Bittersweet Symphony
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A Bittersweet Symphony

How do you find God in greed, hurt and pain?  When people go without and have nothing?  When people mistreat the system that is built to help them?  In mental illness?  In a community that is either ill-informed or ignoring a housing crisis? This is the bittersweet struggle I go through at HELP of Ojai....

The Daily Workings of God
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The Daily Workings of God

God has been at work in my AV experience since the moment I first learned who the AVs were.  My friend sent me an email asking me if I had ever considered a year of service and suggested that I look into the Augustinian Volunteers.  When I explored the website, I discovered that two friends...