Written on: December 19, 2017
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
From the Circle the Cities with Love pledge
After 50 years in the classroom, Sister Karen Marie Voltz now works in parish pastoral ministry in Buffalo, New York. She visits the home-bound and the elderly, bringing them conversation, stimulation, parish news and, most meaningful, the Holy Eucharist.
“Often, I am the only outside person they see all day. They tell me they miss going to Mass and that they are grateful to receive the Eucharist. I bring ashes on Ash Wednesday, blessed palms, the church bulletin and the monthly diocesan newspaper. I send cards to them for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter. I write a friendly, personal note on each card.
Saying that I receive a salary doesn’t matter! I have learned that they need to share with me: tomatoes, zucchini, pears, apples, candy, cookies. Most of all, they gift me with themselves.”
“I gift them with myself and with Christ in the Eucharist.I am truly blessed to be a sign of God’s love.”
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