Spring is sprung and many high school and university students are back in class after spring break.  Once again, I’m in awe of those who gave part or all of their precious leisure time to serve among the poor and underprivileged.  Congratulations to them and the teachers and others who accompanied them.  Perhaps these words that Pope Francis spoke just last week to a service community in Rome  will touch you, too:

Our mission is “to patiently weave together again the human fabric of the peripheries that violence and impoverishment have torn apart;  to communicate the Gospel through personal friendship; to show how life truly becomes human when it is lived beside the poor; to create a society that considers no one a foreigner.  Audaciousness is not the courage of a day, it is the patience of a daily mission in the city and in the world.  Carry on this path; the poor are your treasure!”