I pushed open the doors, stepped foot inside the St. Francis Center in Denver, Colorado, and took a gasping breath. I turned my head up and was greeted by the sight of around 700 people staring at me. I could only think of one word to describe how I felt: intimidated. Feeling that many eyes [...]
Below is a dialogue-reflection Bridget Battafarano shared from her Service & Justice Trip to Albuquerque, NM. Scene: Albuquerque, NM; St. Martin’s Hospitality Center (Day shelter for people experiencing homelessness) As the shelter was about to close one day, a man was walking out with his backpack. The strap suddenly ripped and he looked up and [...]
Did I think my Spring Break would involve feeding pretzels to strangers in some public library in Indiana? How about asking the neighbor for a toilet plunger because we had some issues plunging? Or even having a brilliant man who had no home write me a poem about my smile? Nope. Not a single one [...]
Upon arriving in Minneapolis for my first Service trip experience, I was overwhelmed with thoughts, emotions, and most of all – QUESTIONS. Who am I going to meet? What will our host site look like? And, I have to confess, how am I going to survive without my phone and makeup?! Throughout the week these [...]
Join Flat Stanley and the CCSJ Staff as we embark on adventures with Stanley throughout America and the World. Stanley will be going to Spain, Ireland, Tanzania, El Salvador Peru, as well as California and Boston! Please follow Stanley’s adventures on our Facebook and our website.
During this past Spring Break, I was fortunate enough to go to Bethphage Village in Axtell, NE. Through this experience, I got the opportunity to get to know individuals living with intellectual disabilities. I came into this trip with little knowledge of intellectual disabilities and the struggles that these members of our society are facing. [...]
Imagine spending a week in a place you have never been, with people you don’t know without your phone or laptop. In a world that is constantly connected, it is somewhat liberating but also terrifying to be socially detached. When I went on my spring break service trip with the CCSJ, I experienced this social [...]
When someone hurts you, most of the time our initial reaction is anger. We get upset at the fact something bad happened to us because of another person’s action(s). Usually, if it was a complete stranger that hurt us it is easy to let go and move on. We vent about it to our friends [...]
This is the Philippines. It may not be the best or richest country in the world, but nonetheless, this is one of my homes on this planet. Even though I didn’t grow up here, I still claim this to be my home because it’s rich cultures and traditions are still present in my life today. [...]
One of my biggest passions is meat. I’ve found the sport of eating a tender slab of steak, or dining on a succulent chicken to be most riveting. Not once have my forefathers contemplated the significant impacts of the possibility of human existence without ample protein. It was sir William Shakespeare who made the profound [...]
So this was my 6th Wednesday fasting for immigration reform. Each week, it looks a little different, depending on my busyness, mental and physical health, and…whether I remember that I’m supposed to be fasting that day. :/ Often, the thing that has been reminding me is that come lunch time, I remember I have a [...]
The We Matter Walk will be held on Friday, April 25th from 3-5:30. It is an afternoon filled with outdoor fun, food, and local musicians culminating with the walk down to Dodge Street. It’s all about raising awareness of environmental issues, particularly climate change. It is named the We Matter Walk because we want to [...]
I have to admit, this past month of weekly fasting has been difficult for me. I’ve slipped up a couple times- forgetting what day it was, grabbing a meal with friends, or just going about my daily routine. I’ve become so used to what I have, that I don’t actually realize what I have. However, [...]
I recently wrote a reflection for CU Campus Ministry Justice Walking’s group about what Pope Francis had to say about Lent in his Ash Wednesday homily. Since he can say it better than I can, here’s what he had to say about fasting: “We must be careful not to make a formal fasting, or one [...]
Because service trips are more than dipping celery in peanut butter, and fasting is more than not having your hot chocolate on Fridays. Let us take a deeper look on those two kinds of “spiritual journeys” and discover how we fast and serve beyond a designated time. People wait for lent to fast, this authentic desire is [...]
In a pre-Lenten CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy meeting, a co-worker and friend of mine asked for volunteers to fast during lent. We were told we would be fasting with the “Fast for Families” campaign that is appealing for comprehensive immigration reform because our current immigration system breaks families apart through technically lawful yet morally irresponsible arrests [...]
This Lenten season marks five years since my family was established. Five years since my husband, Yader, and I made the journey from Nicaragua to St. Louis for the first time together, and five years since US Homeland Security became an intimate member of our family. Like any family, we have experienced joy and sorrow; [...]
I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t volunteered to write the first blog post, because I don’t understand what I’m doing as much as I hope I will by the end of Lent. I keep reading articles, hoping to find one that tells me what fasting should mean to me, but I’m always a little disappointed. [...]
As we begin to look forward towards Lent, a quick look back at someone whose intentional life teachings can help us reconnect with God as innocently and fully as a child. Creighton and CCSJ alum, Ben McCann, reflecting on the Anniversary of Fred Rogers’ death (February 27th), invites us to use the lessons of Mr. [...]
“You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose I have recently read a lot about the path to enlightenment and peace. And I find it very applicable to many people’s shared desire to create a more [...]
Dorothy Stang was a Sister of Notre Dame. She was born in the United States, but worked and served poor communities in Brazil from the late 1960’s to February 12th, 2005, when she was murdered. She worked to organize Brazilian peasant farmers through the Pastoral Land Commission, a group that “fights for the rights of [...]
We had a wonderful Soup Luncheon Fundraiser on Valentine’s Day. Thank you to everyone who attended! The contributions from our event will help fund our Service and Justice Trips.
Check out our wonderful SBSJT participants! We wish them luck as they prepare for their trips around the country from Albuquerque, NM to Detroit, MI.
Come to the CCSJ on Friday, February 21st, from 12:30-2 to learn about food sustainability in the Omaha area! The first of the Spring 2014 GreenBag Lunch Series will feature Susan Whitfield of No More Empty Pots. Susan will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion in the CCSJ multi-purpose room. All students, faculty, [...]