(In)Dependence
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(In)Dependence

Teaching P.E. at a grade school is far from predictable; in fact the unpredictability is what is predictable. One day everyone wants to participate and the next day everyone wants to talk about their upcoming weekend. Amidst this unpredictability, one thing has rung true, the students at St. Patrick’s have taught me how dependent we...

One Smile And I’m Hooked
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One Smile And I’m Hooked

My whole life I have always enjoyed working with children. Their energy and potential to achieve drives me to be a better person everyday. I have always been a sucker when those faces smile at me. Since I was fifteen I have been working in school settings with students from grades K-5. Even with all...

The Road Less Traveled
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The Road Less Traveled

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” –Robert Frost A year ago I was a senior in college standing before two roads. One road would lead me to a graduate school and a job after graduation, a road many of...

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...

Joy Rising
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Joy Rising

Working every day at my service site, St. Pat’s Elementary School, has settled me into a routine. I am often the first one to arrive at the school every morning as the sun is rising, and the last one to leave every evening, just as dark has crept over the entire school. Also in my...

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...

You Are Exactly Where You’re Supposed To Be…
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You Are Exactly Where You’re Supposed To Be…

I can still remember the day my parents dropped me off for orientation, questioning if I was making the right decision by volunteering or if I was just trying to find an excuse to not join the corporate working world yet.  Then during orientation I had a God Wink and I realized I am where...

Service with a Smile
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Service with a Smile

I am thoroughly surprised by two things after my first few weeks in San Diego, and I couldn’t be happier.  Both of my surprises have come from my service placement in the Campus Ministry Office at Saint Augustine High School.  The first surprise came from the fact that I am enjoying my time working in...

I Have No Idea Where I am Going…
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I Have No Idea Where I am Going…

The title of this post is a line from a prayer written by Thomas Merton, a prayer that I prayed as I was discerning what my next step after college would be, and a prayer that I find resonates as I am at the beginning of my journey as a Augustinian Volunteer. I am slowly...

The Service of Living
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The Service of Living

A few times a year, groups of students from the United States visit Chulucanas for weeklong service trips. Usually, on their first night in Chulucanas my community members and I reflect with them on their initial impressions of the city. We are always eager to hear the students’ observations—after living here for almost 7 months,...