Giving to Those Who Have Given Generously

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Written by David Brooks I write this reflection during the Lenten season in which the Church calls us to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  I particularly want to reflect on almsgiving as a spiritual exercise in my life. As I look back on my faith journey, I have come to see that almsgiving began many years… Read more »

How I Joined the Jesuit Family and Rediscovered My Roots

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by Teddy Michel I was a typical teenager and young adult, dismissive of any wisdom or values my family had to offer. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps fresh out of college. That year of living the four core values of JVC — community, simple living,… Read more »

Message from Mary McGinnity, Executive Director

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Dear Friends, I am going to invite you to be part of a miracle this Christmas. Your single charitable contribution to IVC will reach over 350  organizations serving low income communities across the country.  Through IVC your charity multiplies! With your Christmas gift to IVC, your gift will counsel, educate, defend, house, clothe, and feed… Read more »

An Epiphany Story Unfolds at Homeless Shelter

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Last night I slept at our parish’s shelter for the homeless, something I’ve been doing pretty regularly for a while. I sleep on a mattress near the door, easily available in case anyone needs anything in the night. I am the night portress. At the end of my shift this morning I went, along with… Read more »

In The Footsteps of St. Ignatius

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by Kathy White   On our frequent travels, John and I seek out spiritual discoveries to go along with the “normal” tourist spots.  Our recent trip to Barcelona was the perfect example of such discovery.   We planned to see the city as most people do – touring Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces including the stunning  La… Read more »

What do you find challenging about retirement?

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by Linda Wihl   When I meet with potential volunteers I become keenly aware of how our culture squanders one of our greatest resources, retirees.   When I ask retirees, “What do you find challenging about retirement?” I hear three common responses: “I miss the sense of purpose I had when I was working.” “I… Read more »

My Kids

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This blog post comes from Ignatian Volunteer Rich Pozdol of Chicago and is reprinted with permission from the IVC Chicago Footprints blog from earlier this year.  Father “Bo” T.M.  Lyons, spiritual director extraordinaire, and I were having dinner at Siam, my favorite Thai restaurant. We were having chicken pad thai, one of my favorite Thai… Read more »

The Joy of Welcoming the Stranger

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By Nancy Brouillard McKenzie, Ignatian Volunteer This post is reprinted from a publication of the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) and used with permission of CCAO, an IVC Partner Agency.   “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed… Read more »

May

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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 Sixteen: “The Stonecatchers’ Song of Sorrow,” “Epilogue,” and “Postscript”…. Read more »

Anatomy of Hope in Troubled Times

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by Jim Haggerty   Hope grows stronger in me when I reflect on simple things such as a family letter, a history book, an immigration form, and a tin whistle.   When I entered the Jesuits in 1961, my father wrote me the first of many letters saying he was very happy and proud of… Read more »