Camden
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Camden

Blessed Oscar Romero said “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” In volunteering at Merrimack College there are many opportunities to step outside of yourself and really be present to the students you are serving. This past week I was able to serve alongside twelve students and another advisor for an Alternative Spring...

An Avocado
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An Avocado

One of my favorite YouTube videos is a dad giving his son an avocado as a gift. If you have never seen this video, it is a quick watch and the link is at the end of this post. I am sure the dad thought his son was going to be extremely disappointed with the...

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....

Home Is Where My Heart Is
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Home Is Where My Heart Is

2,687.3 miles… That is how far I am from the place that I have called home for the past 25 years. Before last year I never thought about leaving Pennsylvania to live anywhere else and doubted that I would even leave the Philadelphia area after I graduated from college. That is, until I began to...

The Power of Flexibility
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The Power of Flexibility

“In kindergarten, we have to be flexible. Not every day can be the same and we have to be open to change.  So, what do we have to be, class?” asked the kindergarten teacher at St. Augustine School, in Andover, Massachusetts. “We have to be flexible!” twenty-seven kindergarteners responded with enthusiasm. I learned this kindergarten motto...

God Has A Plan For You
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God Has A Plan For You

“God has a plan for you” is a phrase my mom has said to me multiple times over the course of my life. More often than not, I would shove these six little words off with an eye roll and a “uh huh, sure mom,” and go about my day. However, since moving to the...

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...

A Face of Homelessness
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A Face of Homelessness

Father Joe’s Village helps over 1,000 people off the streets of San Diego everyday. Some of our homeless neighbors are Veterans, others have been trapped in the cycle of homelessness for most of their lives, and yet others lost their jobs and were unable to make their next month’s rent. There are many different faces...

I Haven’t Worked A Single Day This Year
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I Haven’t Worked A Single Day This Year

To say that my very first day at LCA was a whirlwind is perhaps the understatement of the year. I was under the impression that I would be working directly with kids, but I was told that there was a need for me to be in the front office answering parent phone calls for the...

I am where I am supposed to be.
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I am where I am supposed to be.

When I was preparing to leave for my year of service with the AVs a little under two months ago, I had very little idea what to expect and my mind raced through all of the experiences this next year could possibly bring. I was certain that there would be good fun and hard work,...