Dear Preachers’ Exchange Readers:
Greetings! I am honored to be able to share my thoughts
with you each week through the “Come and See” reflections. It has been
wonderful to hear from some of you, and I am grateful to Father Jude and Brother
Chuck for supporting my ministry.
Last year, for Advent and Lent, “Come and See” took a
hiatus, and I instead wrote brief daily reflections called “Provisions for the
Journey,” based on the lectionary. I considered producing a book for this
Advent but didn’t want to incur costs or have to charge for copies of the
booklet. So instead, we will again be offering these daily reflections,
produced on one page, back and front, a week in advance so that if parishes and
congregations choose to, they can copy these for their use, free of charge. I
just ask that you honor my copyright.
If you do choose to use these reflections, or if you enjoy
“Come and See,” would you consider making a small one-time donation to support
Preachers’ Exchange so that Father Jude can continue this ministry? If you can,
it would be greatly appreciated. Just click on the “Donations”
tab at the bottom of the column on the left. Thank you and blessings on you as
you spread the Good News!
With love from,
Ireland has a passion for working with parents and anyone who struggles to
maintain a sense of God’s love and peace amid the day-to-day challenges of life.
She has a master’s degree in Spiritual and Pastoral Care from the Pastoral
Counseling department at Loyola, Maryland, with a focus on developmental
psychology and spiritual guidance. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, she is
a writer, retreat and workshop leader, and presenter on topics such as pastoral
parenting, “letting go,” and finding the spiritual in the midst of everyday
life. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband, Mark and children,
David and Maggie.
We hope you
enjoy "Come and See!"
and we welcome your input. Please contact Elaine Ireland at
with questions, comments, and responses.
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