Posts By: Vicki Simon

The New Year and the Magi

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There, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid… Read more »

Taking Responsibility for your Life

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I am not a morning person. While my faith may tell me that with the rising of the sun comes a day filled with exciting possibilities, my daily response is closer to “Is it the weekend yet?” My waking moments are often consumed with my mental checklist, pouring over the tasks of the day ahead…. Read more »

Are you available?

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How does a volunteer become an IVC volunteer—a “man or woman for others,” committing considerable time, effort and spiritual attention to serving the poor—during a time in life when others their age are taking it easy? In recent interviews with 10 prospective IVC volunteers, these 4 questions helped inform their discernment: How did you find… Read more »

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 »

God with some skin

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A delightful story recounted in The Holy Longing by Ron Rolheiser tells of a 4-year-old girl who feared spooks and monsters in the dark of her room. One night, she ran to her parents’ bed, and her mother calmed her down. As she led her daughter back to her room, she said: “‘You needn’t be… Read more »