Voluntary

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by Fr. Randy Roche, SJ Though we make rules or guidelines that support the ways we express our love, it is always voluntary. We cannot be coerced to love, no matter how many obligations and responsibilities we take on as manifestations of our love. Loving is the most valuable and the only aspect of our… Read more »

Small resurrections

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by Jim Haggerty Click for printable view Lots of stores on Delaware Street in our town of Walton, N.Y. are shuttered. Delaware Street is our downtown business avenue, but the busy traffic seems just to pass by on the way to larger towns like Binghamton and Oneonta. One bright spot last year, however, was the opening of a local… Read more »

Re-member

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by Linda Wihl Back in the day, mid-seventies, schools used to have “release time” for their students to attend religion classes at their own churches.  I was a director of religious education and sent the bus to gather our students at the local school in upstate New York.  I would meet the bus at the… Read more »

“The Greatest Mark of God’s Love,” “Seeking the Grace of Compassion”

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This blog post from William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on David Fleming’s Book, “What is Ignatian Spirituality”, which Ignatian Volunteers are using for spiritual reflection in many regions this service year. Click for printable view Fittingly, this year we read these two chapters that focus on the third and fourth weeks of the Spiritual Exercises as we approach… Read more »

Is There Enough?

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by Arminda Au Click for Printable View Picture this. You are driving and see a homeless man holding a sign. You are in the left lane waiting for the green light where he is standing on the traffic island.  You decide to give him your unused Subway gift card. You roll down your window and happily hand it to him…. Read more »

“A Way to Clarify Your Values”

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This blog post from William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on David Fleming’s Book, “What is Ignatian Spirituality”, which Ignatian Volunteers are using for spiritual reflection in many regions this service year. The meditation on the Two Standards in the Spiritual Exercises asks us to reflect on two different value systems, that of Lucifer and… Read more »

 “It’s Snack Time!”

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By Linda Wihl Click for Printable View. I end each tutoring session by yelling, “It’s snack time!” And, if allowed by their tutors children come running to the circle to get a snack. It’s a reward for good work—we operate on the “Little Red Hen” principle: do the work earn a snack, don’t no snack. So I get that… Read more »

Gift of Tears

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by Fr. Randy Roche, SJ Click for Printable View Anyone not familiar with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola might think that “gift” and “tears” do not belong together. Usually, we do not want people to see such an obvious sign of feelings on our faces, even if joy rather than sadness is the cause. If tears… Read more »

The Meaning of Friendship

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This blog post, by Volunteer Pat McCourt, originally appeared on the IVC Chicago Footprints blog. Click for printable view My friend, Kevin, describes himself as a “70-year-old hippie bachelor.”  He retired on disability about ten years ago and has lived in his parents’ Rogers Park condominium since they passed away.  He lives very simply with few possessions that he has purchased. Almost everything in… Read more »