Feb 10 2021

Sharing stories that transform

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Outreach Call Representative Bridget Barry.

I grew up with three younger brothers and, once in a blue moon, we’d fight. (By once in a blue moon, I mean several times a week.) The one place my parents absolutely hated for us to fight was at Mass. But, often at some point during the homily, one sibling would start antagonizing another, and some quiet chaos would ensue.

Eventually, my parents found a way to disincentivize the fighting during Mass. If you couldn’t behave you had to stay for the next Mass with my dad while the rest of the family went to get donuts. One particularly rambunctious brother would sometimes be at three or four Masses a weekend.

Now we’re almost all grown-up (the rambunctious brother recently got married), and our parents no longer have to figure out ways to get us to behave during Mass. We laugh about the tears my brother shed when he missed a donut, but it’s still a part of our family story and something that families across the globe can relate to.

Right now, it’s hard to have safe in-person conversations where you can share stories and meet folks with their own stories of parents doing their best to raise their kids. But through letters and eLetters, Unbound is still providing a way for sponsors and their sponsored friends and families to have these conversations.

Though the process of growing together has shifted in some ways, it’s still happening. Families sharing their funny, stressful and memorable moments continues to transform lives, helping to build bridges across geography and generations.

Please pray

Lord, please bless families as they adjust to new and challenging circumstances. Give them patience with each other and an ability to find humor and grace in the daily ebbs and flows of life. Bless the grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and mentors who help form the parents of tomorrow. Bless the conversations that help all parties grow closer to each other and remember their own unique stories in the process. Amen.

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