This reflection was written by Megan Kush ‘10 (pictured far left) for Ministry and Liturgy magazine. Kush, a native San Diegan, graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and Spanish and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps until August and hopes to continue working in parish and youth ministry.
St. Therese of Lisieux reminds us so eloquently in one of her well-known prayers to “trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” As I sat in the first pew of the church on Ash Wednesday watching the youth of the parish distribute ashes to the community, I witnessed their faces beam with delight, and I shared their joy.
As I sat next to a client when she mourned the loss of her mother, I placed my trust in God’s presence. As I sat in closing prayer with the youth after laughing unceasingly from our game, I felt an overwhelming sense of God’s grace and knew that this was where I was meant to be.
I had started a journey with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, not knowing what the upcoming year would entail. I did not expect the challenges that would come, the joy I would experience, nor the life lessons I would learn. I had not envisioned how my journey would soon be blended so intricately with the people I live with and serve. But here I am — a witness to a life changed by the extraordinary.
The JVC is a Catholic organization that offers individuals the opportunity to pursue an intentional lifestyle based on four core values — social justice, community, simplicity, and spirituality — derived from the work, life, and spiritual reflections of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Jesuit volunteers work in a variety of not-for-profit organizations that strive to bring justice to those most in need. They work with the homeless, refugees, the elderly, former gang members, the mentally ill, the abused, children and youth, and so many others seeking assistance and acceptance. Through the nature of their work, the volunteers witness the realities of injustice, develop an understanding of the systemic issues that threaten human dignity, and become advocates for change.