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 [...]

7 08, 2017


By | 2017-08-07T10:41:41+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

Jane’s elderly friend and fellow volunteer, Dorothy, is the focus of this week’s chapter.  Five weeks ago, we read about Dorothy’s great gift of listening.  Today is about Jane saying goodbye to her friend for the last time.  Dorothy’s health continues to deteriorate.  Jane goes to visit her, noting that it's hard for her to [...]

31 07, 2017

The Bare Necessities

By | 2017-07-31T09:03:21+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

In this week’s chapter, Jane tells the story of a woman who she has helped in the past.  The woman continues to fall on hard times including serious medical issues, but maintains an upbeat attitude through it all.  The disability benefit she has been waiting for will finally start coming in soon and she is [...]

24 07, 2017

The Gift of Joy

By | 2017-07-24T10:32:59+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

Back in Medjugorje, Jane is at the end of her trip and wants to climb Mt. Krizevac to pray the stations of the cross one last time.  She is determined to do so on her own, but meets crowds of people as she goes up the mountain.  A terrible headache makes it a painful experience. [...]

3 07, 2017

Ears of Mercy

By | 2017-07-03T10:30:43+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

Jane tells about Dorothy, the volunteer that had initially enticed her to start working at St. Vincent de Paul.  Jane admires Dorothy’s listening skills and her constant interest in the lives of those around her.  She comments about the lessons that Dorothy has taught her and the lessons she has yet to learn from this [...]

26 06, 2017

The Power of Prayer

By | 2017-06-26T10:06:04+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

Back in Medjugorje, Jane and her tour group have the opportunity to visit the home of one of the visionaries.  While there, they have the astounding experience of being prayed for individually.  The visionary, whose name is Vicka, prays for each person while looking directly into their eyes.  Jane explains that she has never experienced [...]

22 05, 2017

Jesus in Disguise

By | 2017-05-22T12:10:29+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Blogs, Thrift Store Saints|0 Comments

This week, Jane is in Medjugorje.  She is part of a group climbing up a mountain known for its stations of the cross that mark the path to the top.  The weather is lousy, Jane is cold, and the trail on the mountain offers its own challenges.  As Jane goes through the stations, she realizes [...]