Voices of the Vineyard

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Voices of the Vineyard

Voices of the Vineyard

The Church United at FOCUS' SEEK

By Fr. Jeff Ryan Miraflor, SJ. It isn’t a new revelation that the Church is in a crisis. Rampant clerical sex abuse. Bishops have lost our trust. Public squabbling. Endless scandals and media revelations. What has been the result? Division. People leaving the Church. People like me wondering if there’ll be a Church for me to serve in the future. And yet, in the last five months I’ve found more reasons to hope. My most recent witness of hope was at SEEK 2019, the biggest conference in the country for Catholic college students, where I had the privilege to represent the Jesuits and promoting Jesuit vocations at our booth. SEEK was started twenty years ago by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), whose aim is “to know Christ Jesus and fulfill His Great Commission” by “win[ning] the hearts of college students, build[ing] them up in the faith, and send[ing] them out into…

Giving to Those Who Have Given Generously

David Brooks volunteers at My Brother’s Keeper in Easton, Mass. He recently established an annuity with Ignatian Volunteer Corps. I write this reflection during the Lenten season in which the Church calls us to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  I particularly want to reflect on almsgiving as a spiritual exercise in my life.