Posts By: Louise Sandberg, OFS

Mosaic of God’s Love

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A tearful woman said, “I wasn’t going to come when I saw the snow, but I knew I had to be here. I had to do this for ME.” I feel her intensity, her pain, as she struggles to articulate the chasm between herself and her spouse. This retreat on forgiveness is her hope to… Read more »

New Life, Fresh Start, Lives Renewed

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History Writers Workshop came to Love & Lunch, the women’s support group I facilitate through IVC. The workshop facilitator, Sylvia, was bilingual and smoothly switched from English to Spanish and back as she assured that all the participants could understand one another. Women had been coming together since September, sharing their written stories with each other. The… Read more »

Remembering with Thanksgiving

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The distraught woman could hardly sit still at our Love & Lunch meeting. She kept looking around and talking about how her head was spinning. Then she said, “I lost someone dear to me. “ The other women offered their sympathy. I listened to my 6th sense. This was more than grief. She then told… Read more »

Love & Lunch

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Little Millie said to her mother, “Can we go to see Luisa today?” It was Wednesday, Love & Lunch at Our Lady of Loretto Food Pantry and Parish Social Ministry in Hempstead Long Island. Her mother explained that she had many things to do. Millie insisted that she had a very important picture to give… Read more »

Success

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I am really loving the world of Gregory ”G” Boyle in his book Tattoos on the Heart. I love the way he loves the gang members and their families, how he calls them “my child,” “my son,” “my daughter,” “mijo.” I have shared the same thing with the ladies in the support group I facilitate… Read more »

Stardust

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In May 2012 IVC volunteers from NY, NJ, Syracuse, and Boston, came together for our final retreat in Long Branch New Jersey on the Jersey Shore. The weather cooperated, and we were able to enjoy inside and out. The author of this year’s book, Tomorrow’s Catholic, Michael Morwood was our presenter. Liz McMahon, our regional… Read more »

IVC and Me

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When I first heard about the IVC, it was in 2002 in the context of Pastoral Formation Institute, a diocesan school for lay people on Long Island, NY. One of the IVC members was traveling a great distance to a school in Brooklyn, and she wanted to know if there were any service opportunities closer… Read more »