Contemplations on Service & Spirituality

The Stone Which the Builders Rejected… – Barbara J. Menard

“The Stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone…" One of the blessings of the “Stay-At-Home-Order” or “Sheltering-in- Place” is the fact that each day is open-ended.  I don’t need to hurry up to get ready to drive to work because I am working from...

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Shelter Me – Fr. Michael Joncas

The following is an excerpt from The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  The full article can be found here. Father Michael Joncas, a prolific liturgical composer whose best-known hymns include “On Eagles’ Wings,”...

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In the Upper Room of our Quarantine – Christine Eberle

In the Upper Room of Our Quarantine My heart goes out to the people in that upper room in the first chapter of Acts. Once upon a time, they had been capable fishermen, efficient tax collectors, competent homemakers, and women of means.  After meeting Jesus and being...

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Solace in a Time of Isolation – Janet Ruffing RSM

Solace in a Time of Isolation The Poet David Whyte writes: “Solace is not an evasion, nor a cure for our suffering, nor a made-up state of mind.  Solace is a direct seeing and participation; a celebration of the beautiful coming and going, appearance and disappearance...

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Now What? – Noreen Manzo

“Now what?” That’s the question I posed rather uneasily to myself in mid-March when the Coronavirus interrupted our lives.  My husband and I had access to a modest family home in Connecticut with a magnificent view of Long Island Sound, so we decided to pack up and...

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Come, Holy Spirit! – Dan Schutte

Dan Schutte welcomes you to IVC's Pentecost Reflection Series. https://youtu.be/YHoX_DJ7WSc https://youtu.be/nhFlfm8cy9w   Dan Schutte is one of the best-known and most influential composers of Catholic music for liturgy in the English-speaking world. In addition...

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