The following is a reflection written by Amy Streit, one of this year's North House Volunteers.
created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another. I have my mission, I may never know it
in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.”
- Cardinal John Henry Newman
Wow! As I write
this, I realize that we all moved into our new homes three weeks ago. It has
been a whirlwind of orientation activities, meeting new housemates and
volunteers, coworkers, and alumni while adjusting to the new life of service
that we will be experiencing for the next year. This is actually round two of
service for me, but the beginning of the year still had that magical feeling,
knowing that there are so many possibilities and wonderful experiences
presented before me.
To start our
year, we participated in about two weeks of Orientation. This was a time to
really get to know those around us, to reflect, and to answer some pretty tough
questions about why we are here, and what we want to experience this year.
Sometimes it is easy to come up with surface level answers to these questions,
but we were really challenged to find the answers that were placed deeply in
our heart. All of these experiences have given us plenty of opportunities to
bond and form relationships with our housemates and fellow volunteers, and I am
beginning to realize how truly blessed I am to be a part of this wonderful
Amate House community.
so many wonderful aspects of Orientation that I would like to write about, but
I know that this isn’t really possible, so I am going to highlight one. Each
morning as we gathered for Orientation, a different volunteer or staff member
started by leading us in prayer. There were different times where we had the
chance to pray or gather together during and at the end of the day, but the morning
prayers seemed to be the most meaningful for me. I had signed up for prayer
before starting Orientation, and was very excited to start with one of my
favorite prayers by Archbishop Romero. But of course knowing me, I decided to
bring another prayer “just in case” then changed my mind at the last minute and
read a scripture passage followed by a prayer by Cardinal John Henry Newman. I
am happy I did, because I feel like this prayer will hopefully represent what
our experiences will be in doing another year of service.
I know that
coming into this year I had expectations, which I am still trying to get rid of
so that I can get the most out of this wonderful opportunity to serve through
such a fantastic program with equally fantastic volunteers. And even though I
try not to have expectations, I realize it is still important to have dreams,
hopes, and goals. And my biggest hope is that this year each of us volunteers
recognizes what that definite service is that God has created us to do Him, and
that even though we may not currently know our mission in life, we may still
work to better the world for those around us.