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 »

Agents of Evangelization

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In the 3rd chapter of “The Joy of the Gospel” Pope Francis insists that “(i)n” virtue of their baptism all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples.” “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization…” Ignatian Volunteers have… Read more »

Compañia

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A young boy, maybe eight or nine years old, slowly raised his violin and began fiddling a lovely old traditional American tune called the “Arkansas Traveler.” He was a participant in a Saturday afternoon music workshop at our local library. Sitting directly opposite him in a large circle was a man who knew the full… Read more »

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You can help IVC get a $50,000 grant! For a limited time, a generous donor has made it possible for you to earn IVC an extra 50 cents for every dollar you donate. Please take a moment to visit our Donate page and make a contribution now. All new donations received by May 24, 2015… Read more »

Companions on the Journey

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This post from Ignatian Volunteer Don Gibel first appeared on IVC Chicago’s Footprints Blog .  I am going on my 12th year with IVC, which has been very important in my life, and my 10th year at my current placement, Faith and Fellowship. Faith and Fellowship is a one woman “agency”, led by founder and director Connie… Read more »

Caritas

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Love is in the air in this Valentine month.  St. Augustine wrote in part, “To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances.”   To fall in love with God leads to the desire to serve him. My desire to serve God has led me to “Get on the Bus.”  Get on the Bus (GOTB),… Read more »

Big Red Couches

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The New Year is quickly moving to Valentine’s Day and I’m playing catch up still internally negotiating resolutions for 2015. There are the usual – exercise more, avoid sugar, seize the moment. This year daily inspirational/spiritual reading was added to the list. Books by James Martin, Richard Rohr and Ann LaMott sit on the bedside… Read more »