Capuchin Soup Kitchen Blog
DreamsMarch 12, 2014
I have been pondering “Dreams” lately. Langston Hughes’
poetry comes to mind:
“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
Paczki DayMarch 4, 2014
It’s Fat Tuesday as I write this, and everyone is talking paczki. This day marks the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a season that will take us to Easter and brighter plus warmer days too!
Most religious traditions include in their practices a time for fasting and reflection/prayer as a special season during the year. Think Ramadan for the Muslim community. In our Christian scriptures, we are offered three ways of doing this: prayer, fasting and alms-giving. As I consider this each year in the context of the soup kitchen, I am aware that many of the people who come to CSK already fast as a way of life, just because they have to scrape to get the meals they need. As for alms-giving, they don’t have a lot to give materially and are often on the receiving end.read more...
A HandshakeFebruary 26, 2014
I met with “Joe” yesterday. He was sitting near the entry to the soup kitchen, and I reached out to shake his right hand. I hadn’t noticed…until he extended his prostatic hand, a griping device toward me. So, I asked: “How do we do this?”read more...
Witness of Love and KindnessFebruary 19, 2014
This past week of Valentine’s Day offered significant opportunity to witness love and kindness. Earlier in the week, we let the Rosa Parks children make valentine cookies for their families as well as loving heart cards.read more...