Thursday, December 15, 2011

Community on the Move

What is community? More specifically, what is intentional community? Here at Catholic Volunteer Network, we think of intentional community as basing group decisions around common values. Furthermore, intentional community means sharing responsibilities equally and most importantly, being sources of mutual support for one another.
A group of recruiters from our programs being goofy at the
Assumption College fair. (Recruiters are from Cap Corps, Capuchin
Franciscan Volunteer Corp, Francis Corps, JVC,  JVC
Northwest, LVC, CAP and Franciscan Outreach Association.)

Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to experience community in several ways. The first of which, Matt talked about in his blog a few weeks ago. This is the community of recruiters that traveled to a grand total of six fairs in four days throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. These schools included Merrimack College, Boston College, Stonehill College, Assumption College, College of the Holy Cross and St. Anselm College. If we didn’t already know each other from fairs in New York and Ohio, we certainly did by the end of the week. Sharing stories about our volunteer and recruitment experiences, we learned about each other and, for me, it felt a bit like I was back in Baltimore surrounded by the people who supported me throughout the year. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Prayer Life on the Road: Keepin' it Real

A few weeks ago when I was in North Carolina, my boy Andrew Lipetsky asked me, "So, how have you been with keeping up with prayer and all that?"  And honestly, at that point, it had been difficult.  I admitted to him that my best periods of prayer life have happened when I have good routine and schedule in my life. In Costa Rica, for example, when I got up and went to bed the same time every day, it was easy to fit in prayers for the day and night.  Right around 6:30 a.m. when eating my cereal I'd read something from the bible or a reflection and right around 10 p.m. that night I'd journal before going to bed.

But the routine and settled schedule is out the window when I'm on the road, and because of that, and this is no excuse, my personal prayer life had been taking a back seat.  I check in to hotels after a school visit and all I want to do is relax.  By the time I finish watching Harry Potter on HBO until 1:00 a.m. (great, but poor decision, Matt), I'm too tired to do anything else but go to bed.  I'm lucky enough to get up to brush my teeth, forget about praying.