I heard that this past week was national hunger and homelessness week, and what have we really done? I think this problem is so pervasive that we say we care- but many times all we do is just look at it happen around us. We can pray, we can talk about it, we can share with our youth and young adults…but we need to ACT! Look at Pope francis making showers for the homeless.
I was also inspired today after reading about ONE (keep in mind there are so many more) group that is doing amazing things for our homeless and hungry by not just feeding them or giving them a day’s worth of rest, but rather going above and beyond.
Below is the article I read witih a link to keep you informed. May you and I be given opportunities to serve during this thanksgiving and christmas season – and not just – for amoment or a meal but rather we go out of our way to do more…just like Jesus would! Feel free to share any other organizations that you are aware of that are doing great things for our hungry and homeless here in orange or accross the globe.
Retreats for Homeless Help Minister to the Whole Person
Numerous programs address the material and physical needs of California’s homeless population by providing shelter, clothing and food along with medical and mental health care. But, all too often, a deficit exists in addressing their spiIts ritual concerns.
For almost 17 years now, the Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) has offered retreats, days of reflection and one-on-one spiritual counseling for homeless people, many of whom are in recovery from addictions and actively seek a deep relationship with God.
Today, a nationwide network of ISP teams in 26 cities, nurtures their spiritual journey. In conjunction with social services, the retreat program sustains and motivates participants to build a better life rooted in hope that transcends discouragement.
The Ignatian Spirituality Project integrates the five hundred year tradition of Ignatian spirituality, with contemporary language of recovery from 12-step programs. It is a process of introspection to discover deeper self-knowledge and one’s relationship with God through prayer, reflection and small group sharing, to find one’s story as a place of God’s grace.
Many retreatants experience transformation in moving from self-hate to love to abandon isolation for engagement. This enables reconciliation for healing of past wounds to reconnect in relationships with family and the broader community.
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