Thanks to Jane’s book, Thrift Store Saints, I think I understand a bit more about how to help people—truly help them. Here are some thoughts—try them on for size. If you want to help me, let me name my needs. You may think you know what I need, but my deepest or most immediate need [...]
Catholics and other Christians celebrate All Saints Day November 1, and in preparation for that, the featured book on Days of Deepening Friendship is Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a Time by Jane Knuth. You’ll see my video interview with Jane any day now. Jane has worked at a St. Vincent DePaul thrift store for a number of years, and this book is a collection of her stories—about the people she works with, the people they serve, and her own growth as a down-to-earth Christian. We’ll post some of these chapters, to give you a taste. The stories are so well-written, and they speak truth so clearly and joyfully, you will love Jane and the thrift store folks immediately.
I live in a country founded by strong, tenacious folks who learned to go after their dreams and do things for themselves. The shadow side of that independent spirit is our tendency to judge as weak anyone who needs help. Also, we are suspicious of being accountable to community, fearing that too many checks on [...]
Until I dive right into a situation, I will never understand how to love the people who live there. As a writer, I could talk poetically about love and compose moving essays on love. But unless I walk into the real life of someone who needs my love, I won’t have a clue. Because I’m [...]