Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Saint Francis of Assisi
What a wonderful summary of PV life! We don't have all the amenities we have at home, but we make due and while simplifying our lives it makes it easy to focus on the important things like connecting with each other on the most basic level.
Our home repair sites for today were the same three sites that we have been working on. A lot of progress continues to be made each day. Not only are volunteers building and creating beautiful things, but their lives are being enriched by being in the presence of some wonderful, generous people.
Besides the home repair, a group of PVs went to help at St. Vincent DePaul in Pineville today. They helped to distribute furniture to people who had signed up at the Itmann Food Bank. While they were waiting for the clients to arrive, they helped to sort and organize paint for distribution.
After a hard days work, we were treated to breakfast for dinner. Pancake, eggs, bacon, sausage, doughnuts, moonpies (yes, moonpies!), orange juice and coffee. This is a traditional meal the men prepare during the first week for the community. This year they had to do it without the assistance of a cook and they did a fabulous job : )
Relaxation was in store for reflection. We were guided through a relaxation exercise, including the story of Martha and Mary. We were also encouraged to look at each day as a opportunity for surprise, inspiration and learning. What a great lesson to take into our everyday lives.