Vincentian in Action
Jose Lopez, Vincentian Service Corps Volunteer
People have always asked me why I do the things I do; regarding my community service and social justice life. When I was a student and my service commitments weren't as extreme, I feel like people were just simply curious. And my answers were never really thought out. I would always explain that I just kind of stumbled upon it all. That I just trusted the path God had me on and that that is how I would end up doing community service and going on service trips. But now, since I've dedicated an entire year of my life to community service I get asked way more than before.
Now that community service is my life, I feel like I owe people, especially myself, a legitimate reason as to why I do what I do. Why am I doing this year of service? I've been reflecting on this since the beginning of my service year in August; and I finally feel like I can begin to answer this question.
I've always known that I wanted to help other people; and that if I really wanted to help them I needed to meet them, see them, and hear them. This is what I was taught as an undergrad, but something was always missing here. This is all motivation for helping people in the future. Why am I doing this year of service now? ... continue reading here.