Over the past three weeks, I have crisscrossed our nation on behalf of IVC. Seven takeoffs. Seven landings.
It has been a busy and exhilarating spring. Exhilarating because as I’ve met with leaders and volunteers in our regional offices, talked with dozens of partner agencies, schools, and universities, I am witness to a great flowering in our organization as we increasingly become a conduit for men and women who want to do good, serve others and create a more compassionate world. Men and women answering the call to holiness.
In his most recent exhortation, Pope Francis encourages us in that call to holiness, for each of us to live out our unique place in the life of Christ. He tells us that holiness “is an encounter between your weakness and the power of God’s grace” (Gaudete et Exsultate, 34).
I experienced that beautiful truth every time I got on a plane, consumed yet utterly buoyed by conversations I’d just had with people who want to be involved, whether in direct service to people in need, as partners in mission, or as benefactors in mission.
Attendance at our spring events throughout the regions have significantly exceeded goals. We have entered into talks with a fifth university interested in pursuing a partnership with IVC. There is growing interest across the country to open new IVC offices. As the ranks of full and partial retirees grow — so does the wave of those desiring to give back with their skills, expertise and wisdom.
Just as at that first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is today igniting a fire for holiness. And as people around the nation seek to grow in holiness, they are turning to IVC as they learn about us, see what we do in the field, and see how they can join that mission of service.
Ultimately, what they see is you — you living out your call to holiness through service to others in need. And it is a mighty, beautiful thing.