Sunday, June 27, 2010

BASE Camp 2010 Day Six - Family

"There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives--the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them." ~ Mother Teresa

Our fifth and final on-site work day began as all did this week... hot, muggy and a little bit slow. But the group soon got revving and the work quickly completed. Our friend Steve started our day with a rousing prayer and the Stockton Street park - which we have worked on every year of BASE Camp - was soon buzzing with activity.

Our last-second addition to our participants, Hser-Wah (pronounced CHAIR-wuh) soon led the charge on the dredging of the pond. Throughout the week Hser-Wah gained the reputation as our "BASE Camp ninja"... busily flying in every and any direction, vaulting vans and chasing down squirrels. Despite a limited grasp of the English language he was immediately embraced by the other participants as a member of the family, and a promise to return and join us next year was extracted. We were also joined on the last day by Grady Hipley, who after years of regaling us at BASE Camp with stories of Samurai and sword techniques finally got his chance to show his stuff by wielding a machete to hack through some serious growth that had blocked a pathway around the park.

Katie Parry - who stepped in to help with prayer and meal planning as well as on-site organization - took groups to the Arab stable for a visit. Other groups made the pilgrimage to the Hollins Market, sampling large quantities of Chuckie's Chicken as well as smoothies, snowballs and fried clams. Visits were made to our friend Robert's shop of museum-quality African art and ethnic trinkets, always an interesting experience. Throughout the week - wherever our participants traveled to - they joyfully greeted the residents of Southwest and engaged them in conversation. They took to heart Sr. Kitty's desire that the BASE Camp experience not just be about the work, that it is also about RELATIONSHIPS.

Our annual cookout at Stockton Street featured the usual jungle juice and blackened hot dogs, as well as visits from some of the more "colorful" local characters. But this, too is also part of the BASE Camp experience. It's what the memories are made of, and what keep us coming back.

Throwing 30-odd teens and young adults together for a week is not without it's challenges. After all, we are human. But we are also family. And even though there were the usual dramas, minidramas, microdramas and melodramas, this year was one of the smoothest BASE Camp experiences we have yet had. Like a family, our love and respect for one another always trumped any perceived failings. And those family bonds make us stronger.

After our return to St. Will's Fr. Marty celebrated Mass for us - his last liturgy specifically for youth at St. Will's before he moves on to his new parish. It was bittersweet, and following Mass we treated Fr. Marty to a SWYM tradition - a laying on of hands and praying over a family member that is moving on to new adventures and new challenges. Many tears flowed as the youth spoke of all Fr. Marty and his support has meant to us at St. Will's and to our youth ministry program.

Our day ended with a cookout and ultimate frisbee and music and games and fun and prayer and conversations that carried through the night into the early morning hours. All things that reminded us of the importance of what we are to one another - family... family in unity, family in Christ, family in love.

19 comments:

宛真宛真 said...

Quality is better than quantity.................................................................

賢林賢林 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債............................................................

恩如 said...

睇完之後覺得有d頓悟..感謝分享...................................................................

江冠彭珮李佳宏陽筠 said...

下次再來希望可以看到新的作品喔。............................................................

王春蕙王春蕙 said...

感謝不吝分享您的心得............................................................

楊儀卉 said...

人生最可憐的是半途而廢,最可悲的是喪失信心,最遺憾的是浪費時間,最可怕的是沒有恆心。..................................................

致念致念 said...

人生像一杯茶,若一飲而盡,會提早見到杯底..................................................

黃威宇 said...

愛情是一位偉大的導師,教我們重新作人.................................................................

馮弘娟 said...

good, excellent, nice job!!..................................................................

Haddock said...

Its nice to see all of them working as a Team.

郭俊緯郭俊緯 said...

鞋匠能作好鞋子,因為他只做鞋,不做別的。..................................................

謝翁穎翰毓珍 said...

不論做什麼事,相信自己,別讓別人的一句話,把你擊倒。..................................................

恭v秋昀嘉 said...

我們能互相給予的最佳禮物是「真心的關懷」。.................................................

謝俊林奕宏宏 said...

讚啦~~多謝分享!!>ˍ<............................................................

梁名劉明倫裕 said...

君子遇窮困,則德益進,道益通。............................. ....................................

翊翊翊翊張瑜翊翊翊 said...

感動 + 感恩 + 感謝(。-ˍ-。 )............................................................

石JaquelynS_Whitesi白 said...

Learning makes life sweet.......................................................................

淑洪娟 said...

我是天山,等待一輪明月。......................................................................

孫邦柔 said...

唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們......................................................................