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Volunteers at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen reflect the Capuchin core value of joyful service through their willingness to offer something of themselves to their sisters and brothers.
Hospitality is about creating a space at the table. It’s more than just creating a physical space, but also about creating a mental and spiritual space for guests.
I just came in on a Saturday afternoon to get some quiet work done, and a hand waved at me from a vehicle parked on the street. I recognized the car and the man “Thomas” who owed me a little loan I had given him to get through the month. Today is the first of the month. He gladly paid me back adding an extra $5.00 in gratitude, and we chatted. He had more car troubles that he is addressing, and the car is his home. I gave back the $5.00 saying, “I think you need this more than I do right now.” He humbly and gratefully accepted it as he talked about getting some food to eat.
Yesterday as I was eating lunch, and the only one at the table with me had left. I was enjoying a moment of quiet, which doesn’t happen much in the dining room. Another guest, “James” whom I had not seen for a while joined me then, a delightful man in his 40’s.