Catholic Franciscan Volunteer Service Experience for Post-Graduate Young Adults| Costa Rica & New York

Cassie learns from girls she serves

February 12, 2014

Cassie Schemmel

Cassie Schemmel

Home: Maria Stein, OH

Interests: Singing, saxophone and games

Studies: University of Dayton: Religious Studies

Service: Mentoring teen moms and children at Posada de Belén in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Every day that I walk into this home for teen momsI feel blessed to see God all around me. I’m often humbled the things that the girls teach me; yet there is one particular lesson that sticks out to me in this moment. We have this young girl, Angie, who is one of the most compassionate people that I have met and she is only two. When she sees another kid crying, she never fails to comfort them. She pats their back, rubs their head or holds their hand. If someone has been pushed or hit or had their toy taken away, Angie defends them or gives them her toy. I learned from a little two year old, that compassion isn’t just a buzz word or something we talk about only on Sundays. The capacity to love and comfort is a natural part of all of us.

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