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Please pass this good news on to the other Affiliates. Tim, Veronica and friend Gary, Kathee and daughter Adriana, Lucy and I had such a positive experience at the Dorothy Day L.A. Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen today, Saturday April 9th. Ted, a former Chilean M.M. was also with us. After prayer we buttered bread, cut up oranges, tomatoes, filled pill bottles with shampoo and conditioner and then served the homeless in their beautiful garden with picnic tables and benches surrounded by trees and local art. We ate with the homeless their menu of white beans, salad, chocolate cookies and tea at noon time. Catherine, Jeff's wife accepted our donations of clothes, shoes, socks and playing cards. At the final prayer we learned that four former Catholic Workers have requested that their ashes be buried in that garden, a real insight for us that those who commit to this place of service consider it to be the holy ground where they chose to await their Resurrection.

We then visited the Homegirl Restaurant, a beautiful building with stunning art and steel appointments donated by a well-known L.A. philanthropist whose name I can't recall. Our last stop was their gift shop to buy a copy of "Tattoos On the Heart" by Greg Boyle S.J. for Sr. Moira who plans to use it as a hospitality gift on her home visit.

May the remaining days of Lent be grace-filled for us all.

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