Six week old Jacob arrived today with his mom and dad. Normally that would mean that Jacob would be enrolled in our Child Development Center ready for his little life of care, learning and adventure.
However, Jacob is in for an adventure of another kind. Mom and Dad needed diapers, wipes and formula for the baby. They needed a place to wash their clothes. They were hungry. They were traveling in an un-air-conditioned car. They needed money for gas to get to the Dad’s sister in Alpine who would let them stay in her trailer.
How is it that you came here I asked? Dad’s response was that he had come 5 years earlier and “the Sister” helped him get his life together. Now he had lost his job and needed a little help to get him on his way again. I wondered if I was “the Sister”, though that didn’t matter just right now.
Quickly my mind organized the things we could do. Washer and dryer are available. We can cook up some lunch easily enough. Pampers, wipes and formula? Check with the Child Care Center. None available there. A passer-by, a generous sort heard the conversation and these things arrived within the hour. Within that time too, a meal was cooked, clothes were finishing the drying cycle, and the family has rested in an air-conditioned room. With a care package to help them to their destination, they gratefully left — with a promise that the heat would lift as they traveled north!
So, …..today was going to be my day to finish up some long-standing projects. All I can say again is, “God, you are so funny”. The old proverb, “Man proposes, God disposes” was fulfilled in my presence at least three times these two weeks.
Our Mission and Ministry is about offering child care and education. However, when God sends people to our door who need even more basic items for their living, we are called to stand anything but empty-handed. Small things we can do. Others we refer to agencies who are more able to handle larger needs – as we did a half hour later when a man called from a motel needing the whole gamut of basic services.
The lines are fine between helping and hindering personal growth and motivation. Yet, the room for compassion is a necessary one as we travel through life on this planet together.
It is awesome to believe that the Christ is risen and walks within us!Sister Odilia Korenek
The ministry of Blessed Sacrament Academy is one of HOPE. We offer hope for families and youth who have come to the brink of giving up.
Our Mission is to accompany families, and youth without families, on a walk to a life of success and self-sufficiency.