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I ran across a saying of Mother Teresa of Calcutta that states, “Do small things with great love.” It set me thinking.
One of the guests of the Meldrum site has taken it upon himself to do a clean-up of the parking lot each morning. He picks up the cigarette butts and litter before breakfast. His comment: “Why wouldn’t I do this? The soup kitchen is a kind of home for me, and I want to give something back for what I receive here.”
This time of year farmers are harvesting their crops and CSK is often times a beneficiary of their harvest. We often have farmers and fruit growers donating much of their crops to us to aid in the fight against hunger. Not too long ago, we received a call from an apple grower who wants to donate bushels of different varieties of apples to us. We are so grateful for their support and love of the ministry and their wanting to help in the fight against hunger in our area.
Harvest truly is a magical time. It’s the culmination of a year in the vineyard. The world recedes to the end of a long tunnel, as all daily obligations are temporarily relieved, allowing pure, crystalline focus on the task at hand. This is true in all forms of agriculture. Harvest is both the completion of the farmer’s farming year and the beginning of another cycle, and it provides relief from the distractions of the business of getting crops to market—the constant, daily interruptions that enrich the farmer’s lives but can be overwhelming without a break.
The most fundamental decision of harvest, the thing that sets everything in motion, is timing: when do I pick the crops?
Volunteers from various companies continue to share their time to support our mission.
Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy, Flex n Gate and the many more supporters!
With the announcement of the Beatification of our Capuchin friar Solanus Casey on November 18 at Ford Field, I’ve had a lot of people ask what this means for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. When I see the old black and white photos of the long lines of people that waited to see Fr. Solanus what I’m reminded of is how much people suffer in our world. The Beatification is, in many ways, a very public acknowledgment of the amount of suffering that people face and a challenge to all of us to try to respond in some faith-filled way to what we ourselves and/or what others are going through. It might be checking in on a neighbor in need; carefully listening (like Fr. Solanus) to what someone is going through; or maybe questioning tendencies in policies in education, transportation, housing, and health care that might perpetuate some types suffering. And we ask for God’s help to find this healing.