Posts By: Linda Wihl

God’s Gift

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Click for Printable View “Who do you think you are, God’s gift to the universe?” Dripping with sarcasm and meant to be an ego deflator, that phrase can cut to the core. But consider Mary who humbly questioned “how could this be?” yet responded “let it be done to me according to your will”. She recognized she was God’s… Read more »

All In?

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“He’s just not that into you!” Wasn’t that a title of a popular book a few years ago? I never read it but according to talk shows it was a blunt awakening intended to let folks know that if they’re being strung along by a hoped for love, with no commitment—the reality probably is, “he’s… Read more »

An Invitation to Give

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I have been a coordinator of volunteers since the age of eighteen; that’s 43 years! I have seen how vital volunteers are to the functioning of churches, agencies, hospitals, even government.  The safety net provided by volunteers strengthens our society and not only benefits those directly served, but all who live in communities enriched by… Read more »

Beginning a New Year!

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Overlooking Jerusalem there’s a church I love, where “Jesus wept”.  Instead of the dark stained glass and thick gold overlays it has a clear window that frames the temple mound and gives a beautiful view of the city. In front of the altar is a mosaic of a mother hen with her wings around her… Read more »

Happy Father’s Day, Fr. Joe!

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Joe Folzenlogen, S.J. serves as Spiritual Animator for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Cincinnati.  Here that means he is a founding father of IVC, celebrates liturgy with us and leads our book discussions at monthly gatherings and retreats. This is one of his many hats.  He is Vice-Superior of the Jesuit residence, Faber Community, in… Read more »

Compassion, Contemplation and Community

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I’ve been spending time with Henri Nouwen lately.  Yes, I know he’s dead but as he himself says, “Every time I read the life of a saint I experience a powerful call to be as loving and devoted as that holy one of God was in life…not just canonized saints that call us to conversion,… Read more »

The Second Fifty

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Fr. Leo Kline, SJ is the visionary behind the Second Fifty Program: Spiritual Dimensions of Later Life Issues.  Fr. Leo credits his inspiration, in part, to exposure to the Hindu view of the Journey of Life.  Teaching Theology 101 to incoming freshmen at Xavier University, he included Huston Smith’s The World Religions as a text,… Read more »

Keeping Secrets We Shouldn’t

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To: People of Influence (Aren’t you all?) Have you ever felt like you share a secret that could change the world if only you had the influence to do so? I feel that way about the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.  Today many nonprofits are struggling to finance their work. Meanwhile, the economic downturn has forced many… Read more »