Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chronos and Kairos

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Springtime means budgeting and planning for IVC regional directors. At the same time, we’re reflecting on the current year with our volunteers and agencies with an eye toward continued service and partnership this fall. As IVC regional directors, we live in a constant balancing act of administrative service with faith formation and spiritual reflection. Fortunately,… Read more »

The Geometry of Authentic Community

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Volunteerism is on the rise in St. Louis specifically, and in the U.S. in general.  More people are spending more time doing more things they’re not paid to do.  The same is true of financial giving.  Though it is the 18th largest metropolitan region in the country, St. Louis is in the top ten of… Read more »

The promise of resurrection

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One of our Ignatian Volunteers served at a day-time drop-in shelter for the poor and the poor in spirit.  Late in the season of Lent, he observed a severely mentally ill guest at the shelter admiring a holy card of Christ crucified.  Many times the guest snapped his fingers, pirouetted around the room, and talked… Read more »

Failure and defeat never have the last word

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“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14-15) Jesus reminds his hearers of the odd way God saved Israelites who had been bitten by poisonous snakes in the desert. Moses made a serpent… Read more »