Blog Posts from January, 2016
Today a man, probably in his 40’s, approached me and asked me for a calendar. He was a fine man with a gentle spirit. I gave him a copy of our Capuchin Soup Kitchen calendar, and he expressed deep gratitude saying how artful the photos were. I asked if he had seen our calendar from the Capuchin Community Services in Milwaukee. I showed him a 2012 version saying it consisted mainly of portraits. He began looking at the photos and wanted to read each caption.
Recently, a man in his middle 40’s stopped by to visit. He had some vacation time from his new job. I’ll call him Adam. He used to come in regularly and would often peddle store fliers to make a little money, and would quietly sit, day after day, as he waited for lunch. He seemed to have a lot of potential but was stuck in a rut. I began talking with him and found out he had some traffic tickets that needed addressing, but he had no way to pay them. His life was on hold. Working with a judge; I was able to help him get his legal and financial affairs in order.
May God give you peace and many blessings in this new beginning.
Resolutions—have you made yours? Have you kept it for the first week? I read a meditation recently about the worth of New Year’s resolutions and whether they’re taken seriously. The author suggested that a different word be used, reflections. The end of one year may be a good time to reflect simply on what has happened in the past 12 months (or longer) and then be ready for a new start.