01 October 2008

Moving right along ...

Been here for something like six weeks, scary, eh?

Well, at least it is for me.  I think I'm finally settled in here, only with a vocation weekend in Inwood on Saturday followed by a 11-day jaunt to Mt. Calvary, Milwaukee and Detroit.  

When in the "Great Midwest," we'll be attending several workshops on forms of prayer as well as visiting with the postulants from St. Joseph's Province.  There will be a lot of driving, a lot of praying, and with this group, undoubtedly a lot of laughs.  

Today I worked at the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry.  The pantry subsists on meager moneys and grants mostly from New York City.  They don't ask for ID and you don't need to be a citizen to get a small bag.  And I do mean, a small bag.  A couple of cans of beans or vegetables, a bottle of juice and maybe cereal or rice.  Hardly enough to feed a family of five for a single meal, the line forms outside the pantry up to a half hour before the doors open.  

An interesting assortment of characters pass through: black, white, Hispanic, Indian, Guyanese and everything in between.  Some obviously need the foods, others appear to be more dubious in their poverty, yet none are turned away and there are never bags left over.  

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