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Listening

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In the midst of a pretty wretched period of our human “progress,” with wars again in the Middle East, as well as in Ukraine, Central African Republic and elsewhere, with a ghastly spread of Ebola in West Africa, with a tragically intransigent House and God only knows what new gun violence at the local level,… Read more »

Peach Pie

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Many food items can be frozen so that they will be available at any time of year. But freezing does not preserve some food as well as it does others. Fresh peaches and fresh peach pies are far better tasting than peach-based products that are made to last for a long time. Though we might… 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 »

Lost and Found

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Stories abound of characters in very difficult circumstances who say: “I’m lost!” Such an exclamation conveys intense pain, confusion, or hopelessness, deriving its power from the feelings of a person who is literally lost, and is in the fearful situation of having little or no control over his or her safe arrival home. While some… Read more »

Recruiting

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…”                                                                                                                      (Ecclesiastes 3:1) As with every organization IVC has seasons: recruiting season, orientation season, service season, fundraising season and finally a season to rest over the summer before the cycle  is set in motion again. This is recruiting season and… Read more »

Worrywart

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As a consultant who works for myself, I know well the vagaries of clients and cash flows. In the seven years I’ve operated my own business, I’ve had some good stretches, and a few not-so-good stretches where I would find myself sleeplessly staring at the ceiling in my darkened bedroom wondering when and to whom… Read more »

Need to Know

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In government or businesses where secrecy is an issue, certain information is only made available to a restricted number of persons who need to know, in order to meet their responsibilities. In our relationship with God, secrecy is completely irrelevant and altogether unnecessary. We need to know everything that will enable us to accomplish our… Read more »

By the Hand

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This week’s blog post by Ignatian Volunteer Marta Hernandez Sayeed was originally published in IVC Chicago’s Footprints blog . Sometimes, it is hard to believe that I am finishing my fourth year as an assistant chaplain at Stroger Hospital.  By the end of my third year, I had settled down into what I thought was a nice routine.   In… Read more »

Reflections and Transformations

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This is the second in a two-part reflection from Sue and Craig Schoenfelder, a married couple who are Ignatian Volunteers in St. Louis.  To read the first piece in this series, click here . We began our service at Midtown Catholic Charities in St. Louis in October 2010. John introduced us around to his staff and… Read more »