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Benincasa Community Updates, Events & Invitations, and Reasons for Co-creation

When the bread arrives.

Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved person, the look on their face when the” bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on their face, for your meeting their eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.
— Daniel Berrigan, SJ

The words of Dan Berrigan echo throughout our home and move our spirits as we remember the mystic, activist, and friend, whose example our community draws upon each day. Dan’s radical living of the gospel, of the good news, we honor and continuously work to emulate in our own way.

The spirit of the good news was alive and well at Benincasa this month. We found our house full of guests in April, each night we were joined by family, friends, and guests visiting. We were visitors too, for a day at the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville as Karen, Jimmy, Sean and Florence presented on the progress and growth of Benincasa over the last ten months. Benincasa was again blessed by the presence of Dominicans when Patti Bruno, OP and Jude Siciliano, OP shared with the community a two-day workshop examining preaching through the psalms, or as we discovered “sacred Hebrew poetry.” We finished the month with some joyous spring cleaning, which was enlivened by many helping hands from our extended community, and the result was a refreshed front and back yard, a clean subbasement and a spotless linen closet! We are grateful for all of those who have passed through our community in April, our spring is filled with new life because of it.   

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Sean McCreight