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Living Mercy at St. Francis House in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

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by Jim Tracy This blog is a presentation given by Ignatian Volunteer Jim Tracy at IVC New England’s Event, “Living Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy”.  St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in Boston.  How it “lives mercy” includes: Providing over 600 meals/day; 365 days a year Providing clothing, medical care, mental… Read more »

“A Way to Discern God’s Will,” “Working with Others”

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This blog post from Fr. 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 In “A Way to Discern God’s Will” Dave Fleming notes how surprising–and risky–it can seem to trust our feelings as Ignatius seems… Read more »

What’s it All About?

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by Si Smith, SJ             Here’s a little challenge: ask any ten friends to describe in detail what happened on the first Easter Sunday. You’ll likely get ten different answers. In addition, it seems everyone has their own personal interpretation of what it all means. Love?  Peace?  Justice?  Victory?  Life?  The meanings are endless. That… Read more »

Voluntary

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by Fr. Randy Roche, SJ Though we make rules or guidelines that support the ways we express our love, it is always voluntary. We cannot be coerced to love, no matter how many obligations and responsibilities we take on as manifestations of our love. Loving is the most valuable and the only aspect of our… Read more »

Small resurrections

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by Jim Haggerty Click for printable view Lots of stores on Delaware Street in our town of Walton, N.Y. are shuttered. Delaware Street is our downtown business avenue, but the busy traffic seems just to pass by on the way to larger towns like Binghamton and Oneonta. One bright spot last year, however, was the opening of a local… Read more »

Re-member

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by Linda Wihl Back in the day, mid-seventies, schools used to have “release time” for their students to attend religion classes at their own churches.  I was a director of religious education and sent the bus to gather our students at the local school in upstate New York.  I would meet the bus at the… Read more »

“The Greatest Mark of God’s Love,” “Seeking the Grace of Compassion”

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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 Fittingly, this year we read these two chapters that focus on the third and fourth weeks of the Spiritual Exercises as we approach… Read more »

Is There Enough?

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by Arminda Au Click for Printable View Picture this. You are driving and see a homeless man holding a sign. You are in the left lane waiting for the green light where he is standing on the traffic island.  You decide to give him your unused Subway gift card. You roll down your window and happily hand it to him…. Read more »

“A Way to Clarify Your Values”

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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. The meditation on the Two Standards in the Spiritual Exercises asks us to reflect on two different value systems, that of Lucifer and… Read more »