Stand and Wait – Caroline Park

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Stand and Wait

Caroline Park is a vocalist, pianist, violinist and guitar player. She performs folk, jazz, and other genres with her quartet, The Caroline Park Quartet, and enjoys songwriting and arranging music. On a different note…she is a fisheries attorney with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Being part of Ignatian Volunteers Corps’ retreats brings her great joy and inspiration!

Modified text from Sonnet 19 (“On His Blindness”) by John Milton. Composed by Caroline S. Park and William A. Maron (May 9, 2020) for the Ignatian Volunteers Corps.  Milton wrote the sonnet in 1652, the year that he went completely blind at age 44.  Sonnet 19’s original text can be found here.

Reflection Questions

  1. Who did God create you to be?  “I am…”  Complete this sentence with adjectives (no references to one’s marital/parental status, education/skills, or professional/ volunteer work).
  2. Consider the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30). What “little” things have you been faithful with?
  3. Consider the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25: 1-13). How do you actively wait for God’s direction when next steps are unclear?

 

IVC By the Numbers

  • 25 – years of IVC service to the poor and marginalized

  • 650 – Number of IVC members serving each year across the country

  • 447,200 – Hours of service each year to the poor and marginalized

 

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