Three things asked of us during Lent are praying, fasting, and almsgiving. Almsgiving is actually the most difficult task of the three because we are called to give without being calculative, and to give more than just money.
When I was growing up, I had what many would consider a privileged lifestyle. I had tons of toys and branded clothes, attended enrichment programmes, and travelled the world with my parents. Yet, I always felt sad and empty as if there was something missing in my life.
Growing up, Roland was often left alone to his own devices as his parents were busy at work, he was distracted from studies with activities such as drinking and hanging out with his friends. At Boys' Town, he found his purpose in life – to help and serve others.
Kasia, from Poland, shares her mother's gingerbread cookies recipe with us! As part of her family tradition, Kasia and her parents attend four-day recollection masses. They also attend Rorate Masses (morning masses with candles) during Advent and make Advent resolutions.
Five years ago, the term ‘mental health’ was absent from my vocabulary. ‘Health’ as I knew, was purely physical. Pushing myself to meet the unrelenting high standards I set for myself was okay, as long as I did not fall ‘ill’.
After the passing of his dad, Harry spent a big part of his formative years in Boys' Town. “The religious Brothers were a very significant part of my upbringing. They played an adopted father. Moments of them teaching me, guiding me, giving me the opportunity to make all the mistakes that I want to make, in a safe environment.”