Monthly Archives: April 2014

Hopeful

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Hopeful persons are not necessarily full of hope, but they have an orientation towards life, and all that is life-giving. Most of us, if we stop to consider for a moment, are hopeful, no matter how often we are distressed by continual outpourings of “bad news” in the media. The opposite stance, that of leaning… Read more »

Success

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In my assignment at the Delaware County Literacy Council, I teach English to English Language Learners, and I also assist learners who are already more proficient in English and who are in pursuit of a GED.  Our learners are all adults, most facing significant economic challenges, and their ultimate educational goals are really a stretch… Read more »

Success

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by Louise Sandberg I am really loving the world of Gregory ”G” Boyle in his book Tattoos on the Heart. I love the way he loves the gang members and their families, how he calls them “my child,” “my son,” “my daughter,” “mijo.” I have shared the same thing with the ladies in the support… Read more »

A Wake-Up Call

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Sometimes getting away from home helps us realize what’s going on at home. A trip to the Windy City—Chicago—unexpectedly served this purpose. It was a trip of planes, trains and automobiles and a whole lot of wind and snow. My daughters and I, plus a very young granddaughter, traveled to Chicago to attend a baby… Read more »

Volunteering at Catholic Distance University

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Bob Thomsen, IVC volunteer from Northern Virginia, is currently assigned to Catholic Distance University (CDU) in Hamilton, Virginia.  Bob has been with IVC for over 4 years and served at CDU since April 2013. CDU was founded in 1983 as the first catechetical institute in the United States to award the Catechetical Diploma and teach… Read more »