A spiritual walk through the book Thrift Store Saints by Jane Knuth with reflections by Lisa Risvold.

16 10, 2017

You Are What You Wear

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In this week’s chapter, Kerry discusses the clothing in her closet, both what she’s given away and what remains.  She makes a connection between the clothes that we wear and who we are as people.  As an example, she cited her school principal once telling her that all who wore the school’s uniform represented the [...]

9 10, 2017

An Associate of Mercy

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This week Kerry shares her experience towards becoming an associate of the Sisters of Mercy.  An associate can be man or woman, does not take vows or live with the community, but promises to live their life in the same spirit as the consecrated sisters.  This means Kerry would be promising to live her life [...]

3 10, 2017

What Matters Most

By | 2017-10-03T08:50:45+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

Kerry is a sponsor this Lent for someone preparing to come into the Catholic Church.  One Sunday, she goes to the Cathedral where all candidates from the diocese and their sponsors are gathered to be recognized by the local bishop.  In New York City, the bishop is Cardinal Timothy Dolan.  Kerry recaps his homily where [...]

25 09, 2017

The Cheerful Giver

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Kerry goes back for a 2nd day in a row to volunteer on the breadline in Manhatten.  This time, she notices someone taking more than their fair share rather than getting in line and waiting for seconds like they’re supposed to.  Kerry wonders if the Lord will accept her efforts to feed the hungry even [...]

18 09, 2017

What You Do with the ‘More’

By | 2017-09-18T08:27:55+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

In this week’s chapter, Kerry tells of her experience volunteering at a bread line in Manhatten where they hand out hundreds of sandwiches every day to anyone in line.  She’s never helped out with it before but takes to it quickly.  Afterwards, she stops in the nearby chapel for prayer. I can think of exactly [...]

5 09, 2017

A Sign of Contradiction

By | 2017-09-05T09:55:41+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

It is Ash Wednesday in New York City.  Kerry finds herself wondering if the ashes on her forehead are something that brings her closer to others or something that makes her stand apart from them.  She’s used to seeing lots of folks with the familiar forehead smudge in the city, but this is not the [...]

28 08, 2017

The Meaning of Mercy

By | 2017-08-28T14:17:05+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

In this week’s chapter, Kerry is seeking for a meaning of the word ‘mercy’ and what implications it has on her Lenten efforts.  She has decided to spend her Lent trying to accomplish the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy.  She mentions the following quote from St. Basil the Great as a possible meaning.  “The bread [...]

21 08, 2017

Mercy in the City

By | 2017-08-21T09:19:27+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

Welcome back to Thrift Store Saints!  The name of the blog will not be changing, but we are starting a new book this week titled Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber.  Kerry lives in New York City where she tells her stories of one Lent spent doing the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Kerry has [...]

14 08, 2017

Everything is Gift

By | 2017-08-14T13:12:55+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

This is our final chapter in Thrift Store Graces!  Jane focuses on the concept of gifts and how everyone, no matter who we are or where we’re from, is a gift to others.  The rich and the poor, the clergy and laity all have their gifts to share.  Jane talks about community and how the [...]