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 »

Ignatian Volunteer Reflects on Kino Border Initiative, Nogales, AZ/Sonora

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by Lucy Howell, Ignatian Volunteer, San Diego   The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is an eight year old bi-national mission to deportees at the Arizona/Mexico border offering humanitarian assistance (46,000 meals and shelter for nearly 400 women and children last year), pastoral care, advocacy and education (groups from all over the U.S. come to serve… Read more »

April

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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 Fourteen: “Cruel and Unusual” and Chapter Fifteen: “Broken”. These… Read more »

Blessed Easter!

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by Linda Wihl   On Palm Sunday, Fr. Bob Thesing, SJ asked us to listen to the Passion Story with a new perspective, listen for some word or idea that might stand out.  They read a narrative gospel, “not word for word from the missal so listen don’t read along”.  The word that struck me… Read more »

Ignatian Resources in Uncertain Times

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by Rev. Brian O. McDermott, S.J. These days many folks living in the United States are wracked by fear and anxiety. They may be undocumented immigrants; they may fear that they will lose their medical insurance; they may be concerned that they will lose the modest home in which they presently live. The reasons for… Read more »

March

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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 Twelve: “Mother, Mother” and Chapter Thirteen: “Recovery” IVC’s reflection… Read more »

Lent

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by Kathleen Groh Take me, O take me as I am; Summon out what I shall be. Set your seal upon my heart, and live in me. I read these familiar words in an email last week and began humming the haunting melody. I remembered singing it as a mantra many times before this, but… Read more »

February

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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 Chapters Ten “Mitigation” and Chapter Eleven “I’ll Fly Away”.  … Read more »