Man on Fire

On May 16, 2014, in Uncategorized, by AJ Arvizu

Where has all the time gone? A cliché question that has many answers, at least in regards to this Alumni Service Corps Year. The hours were spent in Brophy’s Bus 5, when nearly every morning and afternoon I drove to 74th and Scottsdale to pick up students for the school day. Bus 5 and St. Vincent de Paul were also mobile site homes for my main responsibility, Freshmen Breakaway. St. Agnes, a local Catholic school, was my site for Loyola Project in which I supervised Brophy Sophomores during their service project. There are many more examples of where the hours have gone but the time was spent well and every single minute was formative in shaping a newer version of myself.

Where have I found God? Of course I am supposed to say that I have found God in everything because of my Jesuit education but I really have found God in everything. I have found God in faculty lunch barbecue days and the occasional reprieve of driving in the early hours of the morning. All kidding aside, I have found God through the immersion experiences of the LA Urban Plunge, DC trip, KBI, and my freshmen breakaways experiences every week. I was able to channel my passion of service through theses outlets and really felt that I was continuing to be a man for and with others.

I am truly going to miss the Loyola scholars, especially my 7th grade Religion class. I had a lot of fun getting to know my class and really look forward to seeing how they continue being a man for and with others at Brophy in the coming years. As for next year, I am continuing my own personal immersion experiences and path towards a lifes work of peace and reconciliation by living and working at Corrymeela, a human rights center in Northern Ireland for a year. At my graduation in 2009, we were told to go out and set the world on fire; well I am a man on fire and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Man on Fire- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


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