Monthly Archives: May 2020

Six Observations that Bring Hope – Rebecca Ruiz

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Looking to the Upper Room to Make Sense of our Times:  Six Observations that Bring Hope as we Journey toward Pentecost IVC is a vibrant community of lived-faith. How, then, are we to live out our call to put our faith into action during this time when we are living behind closed doors? This same… Read more »

Stand and Wait – Caroline Park

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Stand and Wait Caroline Park is a vocalist, pianist, violinist and guitar player. She performs folk, jazz, and other genres with her quartet, The Caroline Park Quartet , and enjoys songwriting and arranging music . On a different note…she is a fisheries attorney with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Being part of Ignatian Volunteers Corps’ retreats brings her great joy and inspiration! Modified… Read more »

Waiting for Pentecost: The Key to the Next Door – Rev. Kevin Burke, SJ

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We ponder Pentecost, the coming of Spirit, in a time of global pandemic, of Eucharistic hunger and fasting. The days of waiting between Ascension and Pentecost recall “Holy Saturday.” That day of silence between the cry from the cross and the cry of Resurrection wonder. That day when God’s absence serves as sacrament of God’s… Read more »

The Stone Which the Builders Rejected… – Barbara J. Menard

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“The Stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…” One of the blessings of the “Stay-At-Home-Order” or “Sheltering-in- Place” is the fact that each day is open-ended.  I don’t need to hurry up to get ready to drive to work because I am working from home.  I don’t have the pressure of deadlines except… Read more »

Shelter Me – Fr. Michael Joncas

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The following is an excerpt from The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  The full article can be found here. Father Michael Joncas, a prolific liturgical composer whose best-known hymns include “On Eagles’ Wings,” said he woke up in the middle of the night March 25 with a “nagging idea.” He had been praying about… Read more »

In the Upper Room of our Quarantine – Christine Eberle

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In the Upper Room of Our Quarantine My heart goes out to the people in that upper room in the first chapter of Acts. Once upon a time, they had been capable fishermen, efficient tax collectors, competent homemakers, and women of means.  After meeting Jesus and being swept into his company, they’d had a crash… Read more »

Ignatian Spirituality in the Time of Pandemic – Fr. James Martin, SJ

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James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, member of IVC’s National Advisory Council, editor at large of America, consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication and the author of many books including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, The Jesuit Guide and, most recently, Building a Bridge.  He is a frequent commentator in the national and international media and… Read more »

Solace in a Time of Isolation – Janet Ruffing RSM

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Solace in a Time of Isolation The Poet David Whyte writes: “Solace is not an evasion, nor a cure for our suffering, nor a made-up state of mind.  Solace is a direct seeing and participation; a celebration of the beautiful coming and going, appearance and disappearance of which we have always been a part. Solace… Read more »

Now What? – Noreen Manzo

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“Now what?” That’s the question I posed rather uneasily to myself in mid-March when the Coronavirus interrupted our lives.  My husband and I had access to a modest family home in Connecticut with a magnificent view of Long Island Sound, so we decided to pack up and go, planning for what we imagined would be… Read more »