I was unable to attend any events this past week due to conflicting events and classes. But I have done many service events in the past though, specifically going to soup kitchens and spending time with those less fortunate. The service is during meal times and people bring food to be prepared in the church’s kitchen, and it is then served to everyone. Serving food to those who are unable to pay for their own meals connects directly to the Jesuit mission.
The Jesuit mission is about giving back and being apart of a larger community as a whole. Service and service learning betters you as an individual and a member of society. Closing the gap between groups of people in our community is a positive step towards bettering society, as well. Unfortunately, personal wealth plays a big role in dividing groups within society. Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach talks about, “How can a booming economy, the most prosperous and global ever, still leave half of humanity in poverty?” This is an important question to ask because if no one addresses it, nothing will change for the better. The Jesuit mission is all about positive movements to help others.
Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” leaves a contrasting impression to “The Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice in Jesuit Higher Education”. The “wall” which is referred to in the poem separates the people. “We keep the wall between us as we go […] ‘Good fences make good neighbors’”. These two phrases contradict the Jesuit approach. This division of people only lets you know someone to a certain extent. The wall is a barrier that prohibits a deeper connection between the communities.
Jill McDonough’s poem “Accident, Mass. Ave”, is about two people who fight then make up and are civilized. The anger they have is unnecessary because there was no actual damage to either car. This is a metaphor for how the world is today. Everyone is very selfish and most people in society do not take the time to deal with certain situations. People rush to worry about items or themselves, instead of the other human being. Items are replaceable, but lives are not.