Who

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When we treat other persons for who they are more than for what they can do for us, we grow closer in friendship, and usually receive even more of what they do for us than if we relate with them as sources for meeting our wants and needs. Likewise, the more we use “who” rather… Read more »

The Best is Yet to Be

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It’s a running joke in my family. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps website describes the program as one for “mature” individuals. How did I manage to qualify?  My silly, goofy side belies my membership in AARP. Kidding aside, the website further specifies volunteers as “age 50 or better”. Better! With longer life expectancy and research proclaiming… Read more »

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 »