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Clinging on by Letting Go

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by Linda Zimmerman My mother woke me early to get ready for church. It was Ash Wednesday 1963. At Christ the King Church, I remember that the priest talked about the solemn purpose of Lent. He explained it as a time when Catholics traditionally follow three Lenten practices: prayer, self-denial and almsgiving. As a second-grader,… Read more »

The Way of the IVC Pilgrim

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by Noreen Manzo Can you believe it?  Every IVC volunteer in the New England region traveled the Camino de Santiago de Compostela last year.   Well, at least that’s what we invited them to figuratively do during our annual retreat.  Although we didn’t travel physically, we still “journeyed with purpose,” as author Sally Welch writes… Read more »

Bright Star, Illumined Hearts

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By Margot Meier Howard It was sunset and the small, brown field sparrows were huddled under the broad corner eaves of the front porch against blowing winds of chilling snow and ice.  Safe inside a warm home full of Christmas lights, I watched their rusty capped heads move occasionally.  Breathlessly I waited for them to… Read more »

Finding Consolation in God’s Forgiveness

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by Erin Benson I was recently asked to give a talk on the issue of simplicity.  The topic is close to my heart and usually brings a lot of energy and joy when I share with others how simplicity can be applied as a matter of faith in our lives.  But as I was preparing… Read more »

Finding Joy: A Lesson from Mama Dreads

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by Karen Martin My new friend, Mama Dreads, has taught me so much in the past year just by being herself. She is easy to spot in a crowd.  She wears a straw cowboy hat decorated with silk flowers and campaign pins.  She loves mixing tie-dye, camouflage and plaid to create her unique fashion statements. (I dress to… Read more »

How I Followed Two Fathers to a Life of Service

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by Al Rowley Faith of our fathers, holy faith. It’s a refrain that echoes in my life, where two fathers — my dad, Allan Rowley, Sr., Esq., and my uncle, Father James Colford, S.J. — handed down to me a living faith.  My uncle was insightful and funny and always ready to work and teach… Read more »

Following Christ to a Homeless Shelter

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by Nick Sharkey When I joined IVC I wanted to do something different with my life.  I wanted to work directly with poor people.  After many years of pursuing a demanding career and raising three children together with my wife, Janice, I was ready for a change. I was influenced by several factors.  When I was… Read more »

New Year’s Resolution 2016

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by Anne Hansen What resolutions are at the top of your mind for 2016? Will the list include less food and more exercise, dedicated time for quiet prayer each day, a healthier balance of family life with work, or, will the focus be on more mundane things like making the bed every morning and cleaning… 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 »

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 »