Following the Whispers of God

Photo of Haley Buckbee for her first reflection.

My first encounter with FrancisCorps occurred at the SEEK conference when I walked by the booth and was given a flyer and a St. Clare keychain (St. Clare is my confirmation saint!). After SEEK, I was going through the process of applying to various job opportunities, several of which I was really interested in, but something prompted me to also apply to FrancisCorps. In the midst of receiving responses to job applications, I also received the invitation to join FrancisCorps 25. Making the decision of what to do after graduation was not an easy one for me as I wrestled with many factors, but ultimately, I decided to join FrancisCorps because I was drawn to the opportunity to have an entire year committed to my faith, surrounded by a community of young adults also committed to their faith. God did not speak to me in a loud, clear voice about His plan for me to join FrancisCorps, rather, I have heard Him in scattered whispers: in the reminder that I share a love of ecology and nature with St. Francis, in the conversation with a family friend who also served at a food pantry during her year of service with a different organization, or in the many Assumption parishioners who volunteer at the food pantry and sought me out after the Commissioning Mass. God has told me just enough for me to know that He is with me through this experience.

As I begin this year, I am excited to discover the personal growth possible through my service site at the food pantry, deepen my devotion to St. Francis as I take responsibility for my faith, explore the areas around Syracuse, and grow in community with the rest of the FrancisCorps members. I have already found so much joy in serving the people I encounter at my service site, getting to know the volunteers at the pantry better, as well as in sharing my days with the FrancisCorps community. Overall, I am excited to continue following the whispers of God as He, in time, reveals His perfect plan for me.

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