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Welcome to our LV Shared Blog, a space to capture the thoughts and experiences of the 2018-2019 Lasallian Volunteers—41 voices strong with a lot to say. Each of their posts will reflect on different aspects of their journey through a year of faith, service, and community as they serve those in need throughout the United States. You will hear from a different LV who will be sharing a little about their service year. May their stories inspire you to make an impact as they remember, reflect and write.

9Jan 2019

Answering the Unanswerable Questions

As a first-year teacher one thing that can stop me dead in my tracks is when a student asks me a question that I am unable to answer. The unanswerable questions themselves are not what [...]

12Dec 2018

Embracing the Unexpected and Trusting God’s Plan

2018 has been quite the year for me. I graduated from college, traveled the East Coast putting on mission trips for teenagers with Catholic Heart Workcamp, started a relationship with a guy who is one [...]

5Dec 2018

Christmas in Community

Take a moment and close your eyes. Reflect on what Christmas is to you. What do you think of when you hear the word “Christmas”? Do you see a tree with twinkling lights and lots of presents under it? Do you imagine yourself [...]

28Nov 2018

Remember Why You Serve

Often times I get caught up in the stress of my service site and my life. I find myself complaining too much instead of being grateful for what I have and what I have accomplished. [...]

14Nov 2018

Serving from Sea to Shining Sea

One of my favorite parts of studying and teaching literature is making connections between the text and current events and themes in our world today. One of my favorite poems that almost instantly comes to [...]

7Nov 2018

The Way Kids Spell Love is T-I-M-E

My name is Regina Bettag, and I am a first year Lasallian Volunteer at De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana. I am the science teacher at the school and to my delight I [...]

31Oct 2018

“And Just Like That…”

It wasn’t until I began reading the specifics of my potential role as the El Otro Lado Border Immersion assistant that I realized how much of “The Other Side” I had never actually encountered: I [...]

3Oct 2018

Restorative Justice: The Quiet 21st Century Lasallian Undertaking

Many of you reading this are familiar with the Lasallian mission and the history of St. John Baptist de La Salle. If you aren’t, the very short version is this: there was a man who [...]

19Sep 2018

Finding the Lasallian Meaning in an Untraditional Setting

“I actually can’t stand the idea of fundraising or development but watching you get so excited about it and the way you explain it to me, and I’m like – oh, I get it – [...]

13Jun 2018

Rachel Waletzko: What’s In a Goodbye

What’s in a goodbye? It’s not knowing where to start An attempt to find the right way To express a grateful heart As I dread counting down the days What’s in a goodbye? It’s the [...]