Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Place at the Table

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During my two years as an IVC volunteer, I served at Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly , an organization dedicated to providing friendship and relieving loneliness among seniors. Years later, I am still involved there as a volunteer. There is a beautiful motto to guide all who work with isolated and lonely elders: “Flowers before Bread.” This means that love,… Read more »

The Cross and Resurrection Always Intermingled

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In the fall of 2010, one of the women in our Love & Lunch support groups, Cecilia, was dying. She was our translator. Because our support group which had sustained her through years of an abusive relationship was located in a church, she joined that church. In the two years of her life, Cecilia had… Read more »

Journey

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This blog, by San Diego Ignatian Volunteer Geri Gies, is a reflection on the spiritual readings and guide being used this month by volunteers in all regions across the country. It is fascinating to observe the display screen on the dashboard of my hybrid car. The whirl of arrows flows from the battery to the motor,… Read more »

Pope Francis: He cares for the poor and those on the margins

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“So what do you think of the new Pope?”  I find myself hesitating to answer the question not because it’s difficult or because I want to give a negative response but because it stirs up so much unexpected emotion. The morning of the second day of the conclave I was leaving a meeting at Loyola… Read more »

Breaking of the Bread and a Glass of Water

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Sunless days in March seemed to multiply, and winter weather lingered even longer than usual this year in the Western Catskills.  We waited longingly for spring. And it wasn’t just the weather that got us down.  The imminent possibility of “fracking” also hung over our region, making the dark winter clouds seem even more ominous. … Read more »