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Thanks!

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Toward the end of another year of IVC service, it might be time to reflect again on what it’s all about. We serve. We gather. We share. We learn.We pray. We grow. And we serve again. The cycle is endless . . . and it’sintended to be so. Why? Well, two things come immediately to… Read more »

Lazarus at the Door

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(For all those lost on the cold hard streets of the city) Knocking at the steel door unable to rise from the prison of my wheel chair I grimaced through teeth that had stained by years of indulgence and neglect My yellowing eyes full of sorrow and distress were disturbing to look at as I… Read more »

Jesus needs us

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In last chapter of “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis wants to inspire us, to put us on to a spirituality that might carry us through the rough slog that being an apostle of evangelization can be. Inspire is a good word for this chapter and for this month when we celebrate Pentecost, since… Read more »

Post Easter

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The Christian world prayed, celebrated and greeted Easter Sunday with joy and exuberance. In addition to special liturgies there were eggs hunts, chocolates galore and tables abundant with the foods of spring. Then it was Monday and for many it was business and school as usual leaving Easter a treasured memory until next year. We… Read more »

Share My Joy

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Jesus said that he wanted his joy to be in others. (John 15.11) Can we “give” experiences of joy to people, or, can anyone cause another to become joyful? While we might not literally be able to take our joy and directly initiate the same response in someone else, true joy is positively infectious. That… Read more »

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 »

What’s In a Name

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What’s in a name? In our culture, a lot.  We are encouraged to “go make a name for yourself” or to “see my name in lights”.  To do so means success and accomplishment. In contrast, as Christians we learn that to be called by name is not about fame, riches, or worldly power. To be… Read more »

All In?

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“He’s just not that into you!” Wasn’t that a title of a popular book a few years ago? I never read it but according to talk shows it was a blunt awakening intended to let folks know that if they’re being strung along by a hoped for love, with no commitment—the reality probably is, “he’s… Read more »

Agents of Evangelization

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In the 3rd chapter of “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis insists that “(i)n” virtue of their baptism all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples.” “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization…” Ignatian Volunteers have… Read more »

Compañia

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A young boy, maybe eight or nine years old, slowly raised his violin and began fiddling a lovely old traditional American tune called the “Arkansas Traveler.” He was a participant in a Saturday afternoon music workshop at our local library. Sitting directly opposite him in a large circle was a man who knew the full… Read more »