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Companions on the Journey

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This post from Ignatian Volunteer Don Gibel first appeared on IVC Chicago’s Footprints Blog .  I am going on my 12th year with IVC, which has been very important in my life, and my 10th year at my current placement, Faith and Fellowship. Faith and Fellowship is a one woman “agency”, led by founder and director Connie… Read more »

Caritas

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Love is in the air in this Valentine month.  St. Augustine wrote in part, “To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances.”   To fall in love with God leads to the desire to serve him. My desire to serve God has led me to “Get on the Bus.”  Get on the Bus (GOTB),… Read more »

Big Red Couches

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The New Year is quickly moving to Valentine’s Day and I’m playing catch up still internally negotiating resolutions for 2015. There are the usual – exercise more, avoid sugar, seize the moment. This year daily inspirational/spiritual reading was added to the list. Books by James Martin, Richard Rohr and Ann LaMott sit on the bedside… Read more »

The Joy of the Gospel

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This piece, by IVC Spiritual Reflector Fr. William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on the spiritual readings and guide being used by IVC volunteers across the country. In the Introduction of The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis writes: “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus,… Read more »

New Beginnings

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Fr. Bill’s 30 year mission to end homelessness now consists of two shelters, family and veteran’s homes, a Work Express Program with a commitment to sobriety and “on the job training”, and a Distribution Center. A portion of my IVC service is spent at this Center. You would find all the necessities for the multiple… Read more »

A Visit to Norma

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Each Christmas season, my friend Janie and I would drive a couple of hours to visit Norma, a woman with Down Syndrome, who lived in a group home. Janie had met Norma in college, when she managed a group home, and later became Norma’s legal guardian. Janie resembled Santa with a large bag of presents… Read more »

Gratitude for IVC

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Ignatian Volunteer Louise Wright gave this reflection at IVC Baltimore’s Advent Evening of Gratitude December 2014.  She graciously shared it with us for the blog. The reason I joined IVC is best expressed by one word: Gratitude. I have experienced a life filled with blessings and small miracles—none of which I earned or deserved. I… 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 »

Christmas … A Time to Receive

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I hadn’t started Christmas shopping yet when Therese called and asked me to go with her to the Mall of America for Toddler Tuesday and we would share the fun of watching Liam in the stores, hit some rides and have lunch. I was really torn as I love to be with them but I… Read more »