Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Joy of the Living Gospel

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IVC New England Volunteer Eduardo Sagarnaga presented this reflection at a New England gathering earlier this month.  We share it here with you. When I started as volunteer in the IVC, I was very excited and curious. I didn’t know what was lying ahead in my new path.  I didn’t even understand completely what would… Read more »

The Gift

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What is the gift you want most this Christmas? The answer is usually determined by age. Children hope for toys while those a little older have electronics in mind and those of us far past the age of creating a Christmas list might be looking for the gift of good health, a job or family… Read more »

Hail!

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Most of us are familiar with the very beginnings of the Christmas story when the messenger of God greeted Mary: “Hail, full of grace!” It was a very special occasion, and perhaps “Hail” is the best English word to communicate that the conversation following the greeting is unique in all of history. But, if we… Read more »

Seeing What is There

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My wife and I own an old farmhouse dating to the 1880s on a small rural road in the foothills of the Catskills.  The scenery is beautiful in all seasons, but when we wake now in December around 7 A.M. the house and its surrounding tree-covered hills are still dark.  The sky is light, but,… Read more »

What or Who?

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Parents teach their children to say “thank you” when people give them a material gift, treat them with kindness, or provide them with some kind of service. But children also might receive the impression that some of the good things of life come to us from a vague and detached source when they hear adults… Read more »