BY SR. RICCA DIMALIBOT, CCVI
March 31st celebration at ODB. Sr. Rachel O’Keeffe, CCVI and Sr. Ricca Dimalibot, CCVI side by side with Richard Torres (System Director of CHRISTUS Foundation), Angela Joseph (Director of Our Daily Bread), ODB staff, and volunteers.
Give us this day our daily bread. How many times have we said this line to ask our Father for everything we need? Beyond words and amidst challenges and early opposition, Sr. Ursula O’Keeffe elevated her prayer to another level by founding Our Daily Bread (ODB) in Galveston on March 25, 1986. Her legacy lives at the day shelter that provides our homeless brothers and sisters with food, refuge, clothes, hygiene supplies, assistance with their psychological and medical needs, all wrapped in sincere love and care.
ODB exemplifies one of our Congregation’s deeply held values of respecting each person’s dignity no matter the circumstances. The donors, staff, and hundreds of volunteers help the clients get their bearings back to edge closer to self-sufficiency. Every so often, the staff and volunteers muse that serving at ODB gives them more than they have contributed. That has certainly been my experience when I see their clients in need of medical assistance. Compassion takes on a more profound meaning when given to those in direst need. Quite possibly at ODB we encounter Jesus speaking to us more tangibly than we read in the gospel.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25: 35-36).