Born, Lived, Died

For a couple of weeks now I have had this gentleman on my mind.  I have seen empty shopping carts in odd places, and immediately thought of him and wondered how he is, where he is, how is he adjusting to life in viral shut-down.  Just now,  I found out that he has passed away. …Read more »

Longest Night Prayer

We had our annual memorial service last night for those who died while homeless or formerly homeless.  It was a moving ceremony; bagpipes, song, poems, scripture, candles, names read, bells tolling.  I was asked to offer the final prayer, which I’d like to share with you now.   Holy One:  We are here to mourn…Read more »

A pretty perfect day…

This morning I had a chance to go to the Youth Street Reach breakfast in which youths from various churches gather to hear from our people who are experiencing homelessness.  The kids cook breakfast, serve, and offer clothing to those who are in need.  This is a wonderful ministry and one that helps to break…Read more »

A Day in the Life

About a month ago, after a particularly difficult encounter, I started to wonder why God called me to this work, how I was in any way equipped to help people that are in so much pain and have such a myriad of issues…..what was I thinking???  And then, God answers with a week like this. …Read more »

Cracked Pots in the Garden

Last year we started a Gardening Project between Duffy Health Center and St. Joseph’s Shelter.  As an organic gardener I know how healing growing healthy foods can be; from planning the garden, to planting, to care and maintenance and finally eating the fruits of one’s labor, gardening is an all around spiritually fulfilling activity.  For…Read more »