Another Simon by Rich Pozdol

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I was having dinner with Father “Bo” T.M. Lyons, spiritual director extraordinaire. We were eating at Velois, a cafeteria from another era that President Obama frequented when he lived in Hyde Park. Velois serves what I would call comfort food. It is the kind of food my mom used to make. We were both having… Read more »

Another Simon by Rich Pozdol

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I was having dinner with Father “Bo” T.M. Lyons, spiritual director extraordinaire. We were eating at Velois, a cafeteria from another era that President Obama frequented when he lived in Hyde Park. Velois serves what I would call comfort food. It is the kind of food my mom used to make. We were both having… Read more »

A LUMINOUS PAUSE by Rich Pozdol

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Father “Bo” T.M. Lyons, spiritual director extraordinaire, and I were waiting for our barbecue rib dinner at the Patio. The Patio  is a hybrid between a fast food restaurant and a sit down restaurant. You order and pay for your dinner and are given a number. The number is placed  in a holder on the… Read more »

The Swimming Pool Service by Rich Pozdol

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Several years ago I accompanied my pastor and a priest classmate of his on a pilgrimage to the Ignatian sites in Spain. We also crossed the boarder into France to visit Lourdes. Lourdes is one of those places where you get a feeling of the universal church. It is a place where people come from… Read more »

“That Is Good”  

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Welcome to the first IVC Footprints reflection of the 2016-17 year. Today’s blog is by Ignatian volunteer Rich Pozdol. ————– IN MEMORIAM This spring, I received a call from the hospice volunteer coordinator asking if I would be willing to visit with a young man in their pediatric division. Daniel Job was an 18-year old… Read more »

Lessons from the Holocaust

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Today’s blog is by IVC member Rich Pozdol. This will be our last blog posting until the IVC Chicago program resumes again in the fall. Many thanks for following our blog this year. Rich’s post is certainly a great transition to our theme next year, which will be Social Justice.  Blessings for a wonderful summer! ——— This… Read more »

The Gift of Friendship

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Today’s blog is a scripture reflection by IVC member Maureen Kennedy Barney. Maureen is a first-year volunteer who serves with the Trinity Volunteer Corps. ———— In Acts 18:9-18, we hear one of the most beautiful details from all of the Acts of the Apostles: Paul sailed for Syria, “together” with Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:18)…And… Read more »

Spiritual Life University

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Today’s blog is written by IVC member Bob Castagna, who serves at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School in Chicago.  ————- This year marks 50 years of my association with the Jesuits: beginning at Fordham as an undergraduate, with the most memorable senior year Ethics course taught by William Richardson, S.J., through my current experience in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps where… Read more »

Trusting In God  

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Today’s blog is by IVC member Rich Pozdol. ————- I recently attended the birthday party of my niece’s one-year old son. I happened to sit across the dining room table from a little 4 year old girl named Aubrey and her father. I am not used to talking to 4 year old children, but for… Read more »

Trust in the Holy Spirit

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Today’s blog is by first-year Ignatian Volunteer Dennis Temple, who serves at The Well of Mercy in Chicago. ———– When I joined IVC last fall, I was offered two volunteer opportunities. One seemed almost perfect for me: it would allow me to use skills that I had developed over many years of practice. The other was much more of… Read more »