Sr John Says: Make a difference this season


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Sister John Michele Southwick, I.H.M., Special Contributor to The Wood Word

“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most.” — Pablo Casals

Many of you have heard of two events coming up this month that help us to live out the quote above. We are preparing for the season of Thanksgiving and then later the season of Christmas. On October 18, we begin the Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive. This is an event that you, your clubs, classes, families, friends, teams or any group can come together to put a food basket together and deliver it to a family in Scranton in need, at this time of year.

Details of this event will be posted around campus and will be posted on the Campus Ministry webpage with the forms needed to participate. Maybe you can get your “wild and precious lives together and make a difference” to a family in need.

Now, I want to help you with your Christmas shopping while helping people in need in third world countries. We are having a Fair Trade Sale November 6 and 7 in the Fireplace Lounge. We have handmade crafts, jewelry, household items, coffee, chocolate, and tea, that have all been made or crafted by artisans in Africa, Guatemala, and India. The profits from these sales go directly back to these artists to help them make a decent living, and not to some huge corporation. That is why it is called FAIR Trade and not free trade.

May your “wild and precious life” make a real difference through these two events.

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” — Budda