By Mary Louise Pabello
We come from different walks of life, yet our paths cross here.
Where so many before us have gone;
Where, great beings willing, many more still will follow.
What drew us here?
Our passion for justice
Our belief in a world where all are welcome, all are safe,
Our belief in a world that celebrates differences rather than stifling them,
Our dedication to making that world a reality.
Because we knew there was work to be done.
We heard of the work of those before us
And knew it wasn’t enough
Until those words ring true
All are welcome.
All are safe.
The poem encapsulates everything this volunteer experience has been for me so far: a supportive community of like-minded folks filled with the conviction to bring about a more inclusive world. In light of recent events, I’ve not witnessed a single person or group throw in the towel or wallow in despair; we each took the time to mourn and then got right back to work. Because we recognize that anger or sadness only relieves the pain temporarily. Social justice is a labor of love—sometimes I think we forget that, getting caught up in the noise and rabble.
In Their Own Words
We invite you to get to know Loretto Volunteers and the program here. Volunteers introduce themselves and reflect on their experiences.