How My Experience at the Father McKenna Center Changed Me

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by Dolores Royston, Ignatian Volunteer, Washington DC Several years ago a friend gave me a copy of The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything, by Father James Martin, SJ —and it changed me. I realized that I was missing a way to share with others, my deep faith in the presence and goodness of God in… Read more »

A Perfect Birthday Gift

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by Tony Albrecht The Phone rings …Not another Vendor! I say Good news, It’s my oldest son. “Hey Dad,” he says “where do you want to celebrate your birthday this year?” Filled with good will at this unexpected question I start to say “Here in Bethesda it’s closer for you,” but out of nowhere my… Read more »

Golden Gauze

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by Louise Sandberg I thank God that I had my IVC gathering the day after the election. Also that my IVC animator, Fr Damian, had led a prayer vigil the Sunday before the election. Our coordinator, Maryellen, shared with our group that she is glad to be with good people. She looked relieved to be… Read more »

January

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This blog post from Fr. William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, written by Bryan Stevenson.  Ignatian Volunteers across the country are reading and reflecting in community on this book this year.  This piece is written on Chapters Eight “All God’s Children” and Chapter Nine “I’m Here”…. Read more »

What’s New?

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by Fr. Randy Roche, SJ New Year’s celebrations vary according to local customs throughout the world, seemingly in hopes that all will be well, or that things will be better than in the previous year. But hope does not depend upon customs and traditions as somehow bringing about good health, prosperity, peace or any other… Read more »

Thoughtful, Prayerful Service

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by Roberta “Robbie” Sabin This blog post is a presentation made by Ignatian Volunteer Robbie Sabin at IVC Baltimore’s Advent Evening of Joyful Anticipation, which we asked her to share with our national IVC community. Good evening, my name is Robbie Sabin.  I am an Ignatian Volunteer in my second year of service.  This year I… Read more »

December

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This blog post from Fr. William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, written by Bryan Stevenson.  Ignatian Volunteers across the country are reading and reflecting in community on this book this year.  This piece is written on Chapter Six “Surely Doomed,” Chapter Seven “Justice Denied.”   From… Read more »

Gratitude and Heaven’s Waiting Room

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by Linda Wihl St. Ignatius believed ingratitude to be “the cause, beginning, and origin of all evils and sins.” Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and thus the antithesis of evil. I love e. e. cummings. I often contrast his thoughts, “i thank thee God for most this amazing day the leaping greenly spirits of tree… Read more »

November

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This blog post from Fr. William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, written by Bryan Stevenson.  Ignatian Volunteers across the country are reading and reflecting in community on this book this year.  This piece is written on Chapter Four: That Old Rugged Cross and Chapter Five: Of… Read more »