Albany IVC Begins Operations with New Volunteer Placements

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The newly approved Albany NY Ignatian Volunteer Corps is now operating with agreements being prepared for the first placements of volunteers. The program has begun with placements at the Emmaus Catholic Worker House in Albany and the Residents Encounter Christ (REC) prison ministry program, Unity House in Troy, St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, Albany,… Read more »

We Serve Because He IS Risen!

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by Richard J. Massaro If Easter was only something that happened 2,000 years ago, it might be hard to relate to, hard to get excited about.  But Easter isn’t a one-off, over-and-done event.  He IS Risen. Easter is a spectacular eternal event. It embraces all that began when God made us in God’s image and… Read more »

Forgiving with Perfect Charity

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by Mike Goggin The Twitterverse reveals to us every imaginable thought under the sun. Here’s one that caught my eye just yesterday, from Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho. “Be strong enough to forgive without hearing an apology.” I would like to make that message the crux of my Easter reflection to the IVC community…. Read more »

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 »

Saying Yes: Choosing Action Over Indifference

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by Tiffany Nelms Severely disabled, 9-year-old Sara had been denied medical care and was alienated by her community in Latin America. Her mother, hoping to find a cure for her daughter, crossed the desert between the United States and Mexico with Sara on her back.  They were initially detained and jailed by U.S. Border Patrol… Read more »