Thinking of Holiday Service?

As we move into the holiday season many of us desire to be of help to others.  A few quick and easy ways you might help:

The next time you come to campus bring some food for our student food pantry.  The pantry is located in Marian Hall — just turn to your left as you come in the main doors, the pantry is on the left just as you go through the arch.  The pantry is there for the use of all of our students – so if you are in need please take what you need.  One of the observations I have about the food pantry is that nobody wants to take the last items – so when the pantry is low on supplies those who need food tend to take less — so that others will be able to get what they need.  Pretty cool!  But, problematic for those of us who want all of our students to have what they need.  So please consider helping, if and when you can.

In the community at large — have you cleaned out your closets recently?  Many folks find that less is really more, so the next time you feel the yen to clean take what you don’t need to an agency that will sell it and use the profits to support programs which serve those in our community who are in need.

Thinking bigger?  What are you doing the last week of March (spring break).  We’ll be taking a small group of select students to Mississippi for a week of service in Jonestown.  We’ll be assisting the Sisters of the Holy Names in their ministry to folks living in one of the poorest counties in the country. 

Have a grand day!



Charity or Compassion?

Today at our weekly Mass, Fr. Rick spoke on the difference between charity and compassion.   Charity is a good thing!  We need people to be charitable with time, money, and prayer.  But is it enough?  When we act out of charity we are in control.  We give service to another person and we see ourselves as the helper and the other person as the one in need.  But are we not all in need?  Compassion on the other hand, might look exactly the same from the outside, but our inner attitude is one of mutuality.  We serve the other person, and we allow the other person to serve us.  Compassionate service is transformative and it is relational.  

We invite those of you who are currently volunteering to consider joining us to reflect on your service — what does it mean to you personally?  How has service changed your worldview?  What have been your struggles and your joys? 

We’ll be setting up a couple of meetings in the coming weeks so that folks who volunteer can come together to reflect on the experience of service.  For those of you who are not near the Marylhurst campus we’d love to assist you in your reflection as well.  So, look for ideas for reflection to be posted in this blog — usually on Mondays.

If you’re not currently volunteering and are looking for a site, please contact us as we can assist you in that process.

Have a great day!