Recently Campus Ministry and the Knights of Columbus teamed up to give La Bodega, our parish food pantry, a facelift. A group of Knights and students spent a Saturday morning cleaning, stripping and staining the wood fence that surrounds the property of La Bodega. I was so thankful for the opportunity. Often times we spend ample time in prayer and community but do not take the opportunity to also spend time in service. Prayer is good. Time in community is good. But we are also called to service and charity. Pope Francis makes this clear in the quote below.
About half way through our morning at the pantry Marsha Franke, the pantry coordinator, gave us a tour. She and the volunteers are doing incredible ministry! I invite our community to continue to support La Bodega. It is one of the most tangible ways we can serve Christ - by serving our brothers and sisters in need.
“A prayer that does not lead you to practical action for your brother the poor, the sick, those in need of help,
a brother in difficulty is a sterile and incomplete prayer... St Benedict sums up the kind of life that indicated for his
monks in two words: ora et labora, pray and work. It is from contemplation, from a strong friendship with the Lord that the
capacity is born in us to live and to bring the love of God, his mercy, his tenderness, to others. And also our work with
brothers in need, our charitable works of mercy, lead us to the Lord, because it is in the needy brother and sister
that we see the Lord himself.” (Pope Francis 7/21/13)