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 »

Lord, Take Me Where I’m Most Needed Today

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This blog post from Ignatian Volunteer Marta Sayeed was originally published in IVC Chicago’s Footprints blog.   For several years, I have volunteered as a chaplain assistant at Stroger (formerly Cook County) Hospital. Earlier this year, it took me longer to decide if I was going to go back to the same volunteer assignment. I went… Read more »

October

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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 Two: Stand and Chapter Three: Trials and Tribulations  … Read more »

I Find God in All Things These Days

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by Sandy Yates Ignatian Spirituality came to me by way of the IVC.  I was mired in the depths of a deep and dark depression.  My 27 year old son had died three years previously and I was stuck in a prolonged period of grief.  Having retired from a twenty-eight year career in nursing, I… Read more »

September

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This blog post from Fr. William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on Just Mercy, 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 the Introduction and Chapter 1 of the book. I have been asked to write a blog… Read more »

Judge

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by Fr. Randy Roche, SJ The judges in many of the Olympic Games were required to observe precise specific behavior of athletes in the various competitions, and then quickly decide upon an appropriate quantitative score of the action they had just watched. We expect professional judges to be highly specialized and skilled observers who base… Read more »

Where Did I See God in my Service Ministry?

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by Bill Mackey My service work through IVC is tutoring kindergartners  in the after school program at Winton Hills Academy.  The students and tutors meet three times a week  and work with materials and a curriculum developed to help students increase their reading skills and lay the groundwork for success in school and life. At… Read more »

The Kingdom of God is Like a Treasure Hidden in a Field

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By Jim Haggerty   It is well known that, for over a decade, three elves frequented the home of our two great nephews and great niece in northern New Jersey. The elves’ presence was focused on an old trunk in the attic. They communicated with written rhymed messages and, on occasion, a child would see… Read more »

Working at ACTS

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by Joe Delfico After spending a few years enjoying retirement: traveling with my wife Virginia and trying to improve a deteriorating golf game; I developed a deeply felt desire to use the gifts and talents God gave me to help people in need. Virginia and I both came to the same conclusion. After we talked… Read more »