Is It the End of a Service Year?

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By Linda Wihl Friday, May 20th, Gloriajean Wallace, Ignatian Volunteer with the Greater Cincinnati Region, graduated from United Theological Seminary in Dayton with a Masters in Divinity.  Not only did she win a prestigious award but gave the sermon at the Eucharistic Service which began the day of celebration.  Seeing Gloriajean reach this milestone and… Read more »

Holy Communion

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by Louise Sandberg Another year of IVC comes to a pause. It is never an end. Some of us will take time off from our service positions. Others of us will work through the summer, without our monthly gatherings. Before the May meeting I received a call from Bette, my first IVC volunteer. She wanted… Read more »

How can the heart not be touched?

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This blog post comes from Ignatian Volunteer Mark Wong of Baltimore, who presented these remarks to the IVC National Board at their meeting in February. Good morning. I’m Mark. First, I would like to express my gratitude to you for your sacrifice and all the work that you do on our behalf. Your perseverance enables… Read more »

“Being Helpful” and “Jesus Is All Heart”

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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. Fleming notes that Ignatius often wrote of ministry as “helping souls” Helping souls means helping others, I believe, and is a lovely… Read more »

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 »