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Recently the four of us Capuchin friars who work with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (Br. Jerry, Br. Ray, Bro Joe, and I) went to Wisconsin to participate in a workshop of four days dealing with Pope Francis’ book, The Joy of the Gospel. Besides taking the workshop, we four facilitated one full morning of the four days with an emphasis on our ministry with people who are poor and those who come to the Soup Kitchen. One of the comments of Pope Francis is that he wants a church that is poor for the poor.
Last Sunday in our Church, the scripture readings were about the manna in the desert during the time of Moses and about the BREAD OF LIFE that Jesus promises all believers.
This week we started our annual Rosa Parks Peace Camp—a tradition now for sixteen years. For three weeks, every day, we try to provide a teaching environment of respect, peace and nonviolence through dance, music, fine art and conflict mediation classes. Usually there are 65 participants plus teachers. Frequently we invite the mothers and grandmothers to be present for the first half hour of the camp session which is singing.
The other day, a dear colleague of mine was told at his new job that they didn’t need him. The “chef”, very young and recently transferred from one of the company’s other restaurants said to this highly talented chef that he didn’t feel my friend could keep up with the amount of business this summer. I was shocked that a young pup like this “chef” had the nerve and poor HR skills, or lack of, to actually say this. If he had done his homework, he would’ve seen that this newly let go employee’s background embraced speed and volume with attention to detail and excelled at it.