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The Meaning of Friendship

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This blog post, by Volunteer Pat McCourt, originally appeared on the IVC Chicago Footprints blog. Click for printable view My friend, Kevin, describes himself as a “70-year-old hippie bachelor.”  He retired on disability about ten years ago and has lived in his parents’ Rogers Park condominium since they passed away.  He lives very simply with few possessions that he has purchased. Almost everything in… Read more »

By the Rivers Edge

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by R.J. Moritz (Proverbs 8 vs 22-36)   I walk slowly among the rustling trees The cool breeze rises up to greet me I know you are there by the river’s edge Your enchanting song fills the evening air Your alluring beauty suddenly appears   Softly you caress me in your waiting arms You have… Read more »

“Praying with your Imagination”

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Click for printable view This blog post from William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on David Fleming’s Book, “What is Ignatian Spirituality”, which Ignatian Volunteers are using for spiritual reflection in many regions this service year. David Fleming refers to Ignatius’ day dreams while recovering from his battle wound. When I try to explain what the discernment of spirits… Read more »

New Year’s Resolution 2016

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by Anne Hansen What resolutions are at the top of your mind for 2016? Will the list include less food and more exercise, dedicated time for quiet prayer each day, a healthier balance of family life with work, or, will the focus be on more mundane things like making the bed every morning and cleaning… Read more »

God Communicates in Many Ways

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by William A. Barry, SJ This blog post from William Barry, SJ, is a reflection on David Fleming’s Book, “What is Ignatian Spirituality”, which Ignatian Volunteers are using for spiritual reflection in many regions this service year. Click for printable view God is always communicating with us. For one thing, God’s one act not only creates a universe, but… Read more »

God’s Gift

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Click for Printable View “Who do you think you are, God’s gift to the universe?” Dripping with sarcasm and meant to be an ego deflator, that phrase can cut to the core. But consider Mary who humbly questioned “how could this be?” yet responded “let it be done to me according to your will”. She recognized she was God’s… Read more »

Doubling our Thanks

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By Fr. Randy Roche, SJ Click for Printable View As an interesting variation on “counting our blessings,” we can call to mind how much we receive whenever we give thanks to others. We gain a particular blessing for ourselves by expressing gratitude and by acknowledging the gifts, graces and kindnesses that have been given to us. An exercise of… Read more »

Christmas Gifts

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by Si Smith, SJ Click for printable view There once was a time when we didn’t start Christmas Season until after Thanksgiving. Nowadays commercialism has us gearing up for Santa already after Hallowe’en. If we reflect on how our mental images have been altered over the years, we can see how easily we’ve been drawn away from the original… Read more »

Right before my Eyes

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by R.J. Moritz Click for Printable View   I look out the window and see What is right before my eyes There is nothing more to see   I see the red geranium Hanging in the cool morning air I see the spotted fawn Jump gracefully into the woods I see the squirrels Scamper from tree to tree While… Read more »