Beautiful

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We might exclaim “Beautiful!” when we have an experience that is more than just pleasing to us, as in witnessing a reconciliation between two persons formerly estranged, or viewing a work of art, a scene in nature or a new-born baby. We readily distinguish between those things we identify as pretty from those we spontaneously… Read more »

A Lesson Learned

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This reflection from Ignatian Volunteer Kate Kniest was originally posted in IVC Chicago’s Footprints Blog . On a routine day at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, I learned a profound lesson from a colleague who is deeply concerned about students and their families, many are of whom are first or second generation immigrants. A student needed special supplies… Read more »

“God Is Love Loving”

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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. Have you ever been stunned by the fact that you exist at all? Years ago a Jewish man who was studying early rabbinic… Read more »

The Sins of the Father

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We begin anew with another IVC year.  Hopefully, summer provided time to rest, reflect, and recharge. As I enter my second year in IVC, I reflect on my first year. I am filled with gratitude for the friendships made, knowledge learned, and insights gained. Of these many blessings, one stands out as one of the… Read more »

Who

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When we treat other persons for who they are more than for what they can do for us, we grow closer in friendship, and usually receive even more of what they do for us than if we relate with them as sources for meeting our wants and needs. Likewise, the more we use “who” rather… Read more »

The Best is Yet to Be

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It’s a running joke in my family. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps website describes the program as one for “mature” individuals. How did I manage to qualify?  My silly, goofy side belies my membership in AARP. Kidding aside, the website further specifies volunteers as “age 50 or better”. Better! With longer life expectancy and research proclaiming… Read more »

Thanks!

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Toward the end of another year of IVC service, it might be time to reflect again on what it’s all about. We serve. We gather. We share. We learn.We pray. We grow. And we serve again. The cycle is endless . . . and it’sintended to be so. Why? Well, two things come immediately to… Read more »

Lazarus at the Door

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(For all those lost on the cold hard streets of the city) Knocking at the steel door unable to rise from the prison of my wheel chair I grimaced through teeth that had stained by years of indulgence and neglect My yellowing eyes full of sorrow and distress were disturbing to look at as I… Read more »

Jesus needs us

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In last chapter of “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis wants to inspire us, to put us on to a spirituality that might carry us through the rough slog that being an apostle of evangelization can be. Inspire is a good word for this chapter and for this month when we celebrate Pentecost, since… Read more »