Selfies

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Many people use small digital cameras to take pictures of themselves or also with other people, or with backgrounds, so that they can readily share their recent experiences with friends, family members and colleagues. Selfies are candid, informal photographs, not carefully arranged portraits, so their significance is not derived from the art of photographic composition,… Read more »

Beginning a New Year!

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Overlooking Jerusalem there’s a church I love, where “Jesus wept”.  Instead of the dark stained glass and thick gold overlays it has a clear window that frames the temple mound and gives a beautiful view of the city. In front of the altar is a mosaic of a mother hen with her wings around her… Read more »

How Does God Measure Success?

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Recently in a session of spiritual direction I said “Do you think the kingdom of God took a big step forward when Constantine decreed that Christianity would be the religion of the Roman Empire? Or when a king in Germany or France converted to Catholicism and ordered his whole people into the church?” Most people… Read more »

Teenagers

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This reflection comes from Ignatian Volunteer Kate Kniest, who finished her second year of service at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, IL.  It was originally printed in IVC Chicago’s Footprints blog . Walking through the halls of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep High School, one sees the challenges, conflicts, potential and joys of being a… Read more »

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 »