finding out what God is made of.
I didn't know if I believed in everything the church did, but I did sense that God listened to me. And then, for a reason I still don't understand, half way into my junior year in college, I went [back] to church. After college, during my career in marketing, I read the Bible. I sold them. I decided to heed the advice I gave my parents and make my actions speak louder or even replace my words.
Since then, she has lived and worked in Italy, Colombia and Costa Rica. She received a master's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in creative non fiction from Empire State College in Saratoga Springs.
My job description said that I was to live in a poor area. The people here never produce waste that can't be tilled back into the soil from which it sprung. They share, but not to get something back.
I'm from a country where half of our meals are eaten in the car. I question our nation's gratitude for a full belly. What is the price for this ease in hand to mouth interaction? Surely there is a physical one as is seen from the various illnesses confronting us, but what of the spiritual ramifications? What did I learn? Will I adapt the very practices I teach? "Much is expected."
cords out of old tires, lines bread tins with banana leaves, has gardens covered in rich earth the color of dark chocolate. People gather around fresh local markets to converse and share the fruits of their harvest. "One who is full, tramples on virgin honey: but to the man who is hungry, any bitter thing is sweet." (Proverbs 27:7)
". Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more." (Luke 12:48). My mother's often repeated words of scripture come to me, unconsciously, like the way I can sing along to '80s songs. I thought of being responsible three years ago from the desk of my advertising agency job.
With graduate school debt and a new car loan, I wondered if working for free for two years is logical.
As part of my Peace Corps assignment, I am in a small wooden shack in rural Paraguay, still reading my Bible. I live in a tiny community tucked in the forest, among 22 families in 22 thatch roof houses that sit on fertile land. I am still more than I ever have been in Under Armour Curry 3 High my life. I am able to engage the obvious, and the obvious seems to be, that God is love and that I should seek His will. In the quiet of this place, my emotions are easily identified, not muddled by distractions. My life here is lived with thrift and care.
Editor's note: Clifton Park native Mary Cinadr was a member of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic parish. She is serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.
Bible passages flash through my brain and make sense to me. Out of a need, Under Armour Curry Birthday
Even those who reap the benefit of their land in sustainable ways face a global food crisis that involves actual hunger. They live this way out of need, not an effort to live green. Do they fall below a poverty level, yet above a universal lack of consciousness that has separated so many of us from the earth we inhabit? Is this what is meant by "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth"? (Matthew 5:5).
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Mary Cinadr got hooked on volunteering after years of preparing Thanksgiving dinner at Equinox in Albany. She grew up in Clifton Park, attended Shenendehowa schools and then studied at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, where she lived in a community service cooperative and volunteered her time visiting the elderly.
She put her writing business on hold and accepted an invitation to serve for 27 months in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Paraguay for beekeeping and small business development.
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"Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." (Mark 12: 41 44). If to give out of need rather than excess is to share, I ask how much have I given? Much is expected.
While one of the goals of my service is to educate people on the most sustainable way to live from our earth without damaging it, I can't escape the knowledge that I don't have to live from the earth. I can buy food. I am not tied to the land. Yet I live in a place where a bad storm has the power to make a family dangerously thin. I can see now why gluttony is a sin.
She boarded a plane for the first time to study abroad in Ecuador and Peru, and fell in love with Latin American culture.
"Nde resarai nde eira" (You forgot your honey), Emiliano said, a smile beaming from his toothless mouth. He stood in my yard holding a liter of the honey we harvested that day in a dirty soda bottle. I gently declined the gift, knowing how much more the others needed it. Emiliano placed the bottle in my hands.
Maybe when Jesus asked us to love one another, he wanted us to go beyond simply being nice. When I start to pity my Paraguayan neighbors and project sadness onto them, I ask God to help me love instead. I ask God to help me communicate from a place of love, not criticism. I ask God to guide me in the art of the pause observe, truly listen, and then choose my words. In a place of so much need, I sometimes ask God for the strength to bear witness. Yes, in these 27 months, I have asked for a lot of things. "Ask and you shall receive" my mother used to tell me.
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