New Year, Baptism, Transformation

Many begin the year with resolutions such as gaining better health, advancing their skills, doing more for charity or spending more quality time with family and friends.  For IVC, the new year is an opportunity to renew our focus on our mission of service to God and others and to deepen our relationship with Him.  We strive to stay ever-focused on our Baptismal call to live our faith in action.

On Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis baptized 33 infants.  This sign linking Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan to new life and our encounter with Christ in the sacrament is powerful.  We receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our Baptism, which calls us to new life, rebirth, renewal, and love and gives us the grace to live out that call.

I am continually inspired by the way Ignatian Volunteers live their faith and offer a fresh start, hope, and love to those they serve.  In our feature story this month, Greg Howes sees his IVC service as a new beginning.  He is a witness of the transformative power of service, reflection and encounter.  I think you’ll appreciate his reflections on his first six months as an Ignatian Volunteer and his ministry of presence.

In the midst of violence, darkness, poverty and sadness in the world, the men and women of IVC and our mission gives me great hope.  May your involvement in and support of IVC provide this for you as well.

In Christ’s love,