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 »

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 »

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 »