The door is always open to the Chaplain’s office at The Ottawa Mission. Some people drop in daily to see a friendly face and others come in looking for guidance in a time of crisis. As well, an average of 25 people attend the small Chapel Service held daily at The Mission.
Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy. The Mission provides much-needed spiritual support to help these people along their life journey. The Chaplain leads daily chapel services and provides personal support to people in the shelter and others living in the community who seek help in coping with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. He also provides spiritual guidance to people dealing with addictions and to those living out their final days in The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice.
REFLECTIONS FROM OUR CHAPLAIN
My Prayer of Thanksgiving
Having served as Chaplain at The Ottawa Mission during our country’s 150 year anniversary, this Thanksgiving is particularly meaningful to me.
I am thankful for the privilege of walking with those who whose lives challenge and inspire me; thankful for those who minister to our clientele with an honorable humility; thankful for an organization that recognizes the dignity of all people.
All of this constantly reminds me of the following words of Jean Vanier:
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
Thank you for all that you do in support of The Ottawa Mission and God bless you during this Thanksgiving season.
Chaplain Greg Rodgers