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Care of the Earth


Over the last several weeks the children of the Rosa Parks Program at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen have done a lot of thinking about the earth and the City—and the care that it needs.

Initial conversations with both groups included imagining a place where all the fish were dead, all the butterflies disappeared, all the trees diseased and all the gardens floundering. They talked about their favorite places of beauty and goodness in Detroit and how they wanted those places to stay well.

Showing Mercy

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Recently a man in his 60’s came to ask if he could pray with me.  When we sat down, he explained that he had hit someone in a fit of anger and landed the man in the hospital. He has felt okay, even justified for a couple of days, and had been to the hospital to visit him. Now, remorse has been filling his heart. He said, “I have prayed, but I need to pray with someone about this.” I prayed with him as he wept.

Bittersweet Poetry

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​The older children at the Rosa Parks Program had a wonderful poetry workshop today. After discussing some favorite poems and creating several fun, silly verses, each child set to work writing lines to describe the Detroit they knew. Such a bitter sweet experience to listen to these descriptive images of Detroit from the mouth of young girls and boys.

Year of Mercy Mass with the Capuchins

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Provincial Minister Michael Sullivan sends his greetings from Rome. This morning Fr. Michael and seven other friars from the Province of St. Joseph celebrated mass with Pope Francis. Fr. Michael reports that it was a wonderful experience. “I was honored to sit in the sanctuary with him for the mass. A huge crowd of Capuchins were present.”