The Inkblot Test
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The Inkblot Test

Within the first couple of weeks of being in the city of Philadelphia, my community members and I stumbled across an old stripped down mural that was once displayed prominently on the side of a building. However, now it resembles something like a black blob. I pointed out the black unidentified figure, stating that it...

One Cup, One Philadelphia
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One Cup, One Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love confronts negative headlines from every crevice of every neighborhood with a love fitting of its civic name. Born-and-raised Philadelphians manifest the pride they have for their city in how quickly and enthusiastically they invite newcomers into their culture: the phrase “jawn”, the Eagles Fight Song, and the mystery that is...

Blind Dating: Year of Service Style
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Blind Dating: Year of Service Style

I really had no idea what I was getting into when I joined the Augustinian Volunteers. When I decided to sign up for a year of service in late spring, I did not have a strong inclination towards any particular group. In fact, my decision to join the Augustinian Volunteers was largely based on their...

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...

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...