These pictures sum up an amazing first day in New Orleans. The RSCJ sisters at Duchesne House welcomed up with open arms and their hospitality was deeply felt. All the students settled in as if at home. The house is an old Victorian and with a well lived-in feel. We had our orientation – quick and simple – followed by a great dinner prepared by friends of the sisters and both New Orleans natives. They may a great tasting dish of rice, beans, rolls, and salad. Everyone loved it! After we had a series of introductions so that we could all get to know one another better. The shoe exercise went well and helped focus personal comments. A few of us went grocery shopping for the group – Allie, Kat, and Cat came with me to Rouses, the local grocery store. We stocked up on breakfast and lunch items – enough to feed a small army of teenagers. We ended the day with prayer in the chapel with all of us sharing our hopes for our time here. One the way back from grocery shopping, I took a side street. The poverty was striking and a number of houses still weren’t repaired from Katrina in 2005. Painted on one door of an abandoned home was, “Home is a fleeting feeling I’m trying to fix.” We’ll repair houses but how do we repair a home? That’s an entirely different challenge. ~ Ray
Kat shares her Shoe Exercise answers . . .