Jesuit Catholic University
in Omaha, Nebraska, since 1878
Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
December 16th, 2012
Bio | Email: AlexSniffen@creighton.edu
As a student at Creighton, one of our Jesuit values is to be men and women for others. When John the Baptist says that whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none, what is he saying other than following this value? One of Creighton’s many community partners - and a Cortina service site - is the Siena/Francis House. A place for individuals who may be down on their luck, or completely homeless, the Siena/Francis House provides a meal and a bed to many people. As someone who has experienced this community, and communities like it, I can say that these individuals take all of this completely to heart.
As a formation leader, I have seen students grow from a similar experience, and overheard conversations from persons in poverty that are shocked that college students would even think to come and give them their time and ears on a regular basis. Seeing people impacted in this way is such a powerful experience; however you must be the one to make that leap first.
As a society, we have many things that are extra, many things that can be donated, and this includes our time. If we have time to spare, why should we not give it to those who need it? Monetary and physical donations are not the only things that make a difference to people. Showing that you care, and care enough to come and listen and share their stories with them is often enough. Giving what you can, and giving it to others who are in need is something that the Jesuits and Jesus himself did. In a previous reflection I wrote to live by being an example, and what that means, will be how you define your life and interactions with others.
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