Saturday, May 29, 2010
Chicago Memorial Day
Setting up after school programs/reading rooms with Boys & Girls Club and with the Pilsen Neighborhood Parishes (near the first Jesuit Christo Rey School). There were five reading rooms set up through the generosity of so many people. The children were these amazing boys and girls growing up in challenging circumstances. I think of them often. I hope to locate the new media needs of inner-city kids today.
Then there was the time a fire truck "pulled" our bookmobile over. The fire chief stopped us to get some Catholic books. He had just returned to Church. The next day he and his men perished in a fire when a roof collapsed. Turns out his wife consitently placed Catholic books around the house for him to read that our sisters brought to her beauty salon. Then the Parish Priest sent him a letter asking him to "help us as visit the homebound and those in the hospital." All these invitations did not go unheeded. Now I ask his intercession to get through purgative fires that purify and preserve us.
Posted by Association of Pauline Cooperators