Monsignor Lajiness believes there was something much deeper going on throughout the day than that just physical work. “This is not just about cleaning up a neighborhood—that’s the first thing people see. But we prayed before we started. We prayed to make sure what we’re doing here is very much connected to what God is asking us in our hearts—to be transformed.”
Father Burr agrees there is a greater significance to the Life Remodeled movement than just picking up debris or laying down paint. “Hopefully people can take away that Christ loves them, because there are people here to help. We’re here because of the mission that we know Jesus is in our lives, and we bring that to whatever we do.”
A seemingly mundane event turned into a moving spiritual experience for Ms. Luberski. She was part of a cluster of workers who were walking down Calvert Street pushing wheelbarrows and lawn mowers, and shouldering brooms, rakes, and hedge clippers, preparing to clear out an overgrown lot at the corner of Calvert and Linwood Avenue. “It was inspiring as everyone immediately went to work—clipping, hauling, mowing, picking up this and that which had been embedded into the tall weeds.”
Then something happened as she lifted up her eyes from her work.
“At that moment I saw our bell tower. We were in the shadows of Sacred Heart Major Seminary! I had a profound realization of the connection that all of us have to the neighborhood, to the people.
“Hands and hearts working together in respect for one another, the neighborhood, the people we encountered. And all of us surrounded by the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
Ms. Luberski says at that moment the mission of Sacred Heart became “enlivened” in her heart—even though, she says with a laugh, “my body was pooped out by lunchtime!”
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