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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 »

Please

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When we make pleas of any kind, we are usually under duress and often filled with concerns for ourselves arising from our neediness. When we say “please” in making a request, the focus moves beyond us, and takes into account our relationship with the persons we are asking, no matter how little or well we… Read more »

An Invitation to Give

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I have been a coordinator of volunteers since the age of eighteen; that’s 43 years! I have seen how vital volunteers are to the functioning of churches, agencies, hospitals, even government.  The safety net provided by volunteers strengthens our society and not only benefits those directly served, but all who live in communities enriched by… 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 »

Expressing Our Gratitude for You

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Greetings to our IVC Community, We express our deepest gratitude to you for the many ways you support IVC.  Thank you for sharing your time, talent and treasure with us! We celebrate our national community with a spirit of abundant gratitude.  We will pray for you during a special IVC Mass of Gratitude this Friday,… Read more »

Openness to Others

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In his “Letter to a Non-Believer” Pope Francis writes that he is entering on this dialogue with Dr. Scalfari from his personal experience of faith lived in the Church. That experience-based faith allows him to “listen to your questions and, with you, to seek the paths along which we may walk together.” It occurred to… Read more »

Gratitude

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We didn’t really plan it that way, but our trip to the West Coast in September beginning in Northwestern Washington and ending in San Diego, California, became a pilgrimage for my wife and me.  It started in the heart of the Olympic Mountains with a memorial service for our Uncle Wayne.  Our uncle, who died… Read more »