Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

March 2, Monday

The Magis

With a startlingly fresh business model and a corporate vision endorsed by Loyola Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Iroquois Valley Farms aims to permanently impact sustainable agriculture. In today’s reflection, David Miller, a company cofounder, gives us his take on the Magis.


Scripture Readings

Sunday Readings - Week 2

GN 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18
ROM 8:31B-34
MK 9:2-10



A procedural note: our reflections and prayers will refer to the Sunday readings for the week, not the daily readings.

Daily Reflection

Simple choices for the Greater Good: Improving global health for the next generation
by David Miller

Changing the world for the better doesn’t necessarily cost more money. Sometimes the simple things can make a difference — but action is required to get positive change. In today’s world of global stress and seemingly insurmountable problems, we can lose perspective on the necessity to act. But there is one daily action that we can’t forget: the need to eat. Eating nourishes our body and allows us to survive.

Eating healthy can positively impact our world. Look at food as an investment opportunity to restore the natural world and improve your children’s health. Rather than buy that soda with no nutritional value, pick up a few local and organic vegetables that are fresh. The cumulative impact of this simple trade-off will be significant. Today we see a new generation of young farmers who are starting new businesses, defining sustainable agriculture and improving the diversity and quality of our food system. I wish that what the older generation was leaving behind was better. It’s not. But rather than languish about the consequences of years of misguided action, let’s support the next generation’s goal of making this world a better place. Eating healthy and local is a good way to get started.

If you want to double down on positive change, invest in the healthy foods that you eat. Again, this doesn’t necessarily entail spending more money. In fact, you might expect to improve your investment portfolio by rebalancing to a few healthy choices. This is not a sermon on asset allocation or divestment, but if you don’t have any healthy food companies or young farmers/farms in your retirement mix, then put some time into finding a few. Be expedient; we do not have the luxury of indefinitely depleting our earth’s natural resources. Luckily, a growing world of socially responsible financial advisors can help you. Start with your own IRA. Take responsibility for your choices and help direct those dollars toward restorative solutions and the health of our next generation.

Want to change the world for the greater good? Eat healthy and invest in what you eat.

Opciones simples por el Bien Supremo: Mejorando la salud global para la próxima generación
Por: David Miller

Cambiar el mundo por uno mejor, no necesariamente cuesta más dinero. A veces cosas simples pueden hacer la diferencia – pero se necesita actuar para obtener cambios positivos. En el mundo de hoy, con estrés global y problemas que parecen insuperables, podemos perder la perspectiva en cuanto a la necesidad de actuar. Pero hay una acción diaria de la que no nos podemos olvidar: La necesidad de comer. El comer nutre nuestro cuerpo y nos permite sobrevivir.

Comer saludablemente puede impactar a nuestro mundo positivamente. Los alimentos nos dan la oportunidad de invertir en el restablecimiento del mundo natural y mejorar la salud de nuestros hijos. En vez de comprar bebidas gaseosas que no tienen valor nutricional elija vegetales orgánicos, frescos, locales. El impacto acumulativo de este cambio será significativo. Hoy en día hay una nueva generación de agricultores comenzando nuevas empresas, definiendo agricultura sostenible y mejorando la diversidad y calidad de nuestra industria alimentaria. Me hubiese gustado que la generación pasada hubiera dejado algo mejor. No es así. Pero, en vez de lamentarnos de las consecuencias de años de acciones desacertadas, apoyemos las metas de la nueva generación de hacer de éste, un mundo mejor. Comer saludablemente productos locales es una buena manera de comenzar.

Si desea duplicar el cambio positivo, invierta en productos saludables que usted consume. Nuevamente, esto no necesariamente significa gastar más dinero. De hecho, es de esperar una mejora en sus inversiones por balancear a unas pocas opciones saludables. Esto no es un sermón de cómo invertir o despojarse, pero si usted no tiene ninguna empresa de alimentos saludables o jóvenes agricultores/granjas en su plan de retiro, invierta un poco de tiempo para encontrar algunos. Sea expeditivo; no nos podemos dar el lujo de acabar con los recursos naturales de la tierra. Afortunadamente, el crecimiento de asesores financieros con responsabilidad social puede ayudarlo. Comience con su IRA. Tome la responsabilidad de elegir y dirigir ese dinero hacia soluciones restaurativas y la salud de la próxima generación.

¿Desea cambiar el mundo por un Bien Supremo? Coma saludable e invierta en lo que come.

David E. Miller is the cofounder and CEO of Iroquois Valley Farms, a new food and farmland enterprise committed to social, environmental and financial impacts for a new vision of healthy food production and economic sustainability.

Mr. Miller is a 1975 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, a 1978 graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and views education as the key to changing the health of our agricultural systems. He is a founding member of the advisory board for Loyola University’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability and a recipient of the Institute’s first Damen Award as recognition for leadership related to positive environmental change.


who is more than we can ever imagine,
help us to lead lives of gratitude.
Thankful for the bodies you give us,
thankful for the health we enjoy;
help us to respond to you fully out of these health-filled bodies.
Help us to choose what will truly feed us
not only in the life to come
but in this one.
Show us how we are connected,
how our passion can make a difference
even in systems that seem too big for us;
they are not too big for you
working through us.


This is a letter to the worm-threaded earth.

This is a letter to November, its gray bowl of sky riven by black-branched trees.
A letter to split-tomato skins, overripe apples, & a flock of fruit flies lifting
      from the blueing clementines’ wood crate.
To the broken confetti of late fall leaves.
This is a letter to rosemary.

This is a letter to the floor’s sink & creak, the bedroom door’s torn hinge
      moaning its good-night.
This is to the unshaven cheek.
To cedar, mothballs, camphor, & last winter’s unwashed wool.
This is a letter to the rediscovered,

to mulch, pine needles, the moon, frost, flats of pansies, the backyard,
      hunger, night, the unseen.
This is a letter to soil, thrumming as it waits to be turned.
This is a letter to compost, eggshell’s bone-ash chips, fruit rinds curved like
      fingernails, & stale chunks of bread.
A letter to the intimate dark—mouth-warm & damp as a bed.

This is a letter to the planet’s scavenging lips.
: Rebecca Dunham

Earthly goods are given to be used, not to be collected. In the wilderness God gave Israel the manna every day, and they had no need to worry about food and drink. Indeed, if they kept any of the manna over until the next day, it went bad. In the same way, the disciple must receive his portion from God every day. If he stores it up as a permanent possession, he spoils not only the gift, but himself as well, for he sets his heart on accumulated wealth, and makes it a barrier between himself and God. Where our treasure is, there is our trust, our security, our consolation and our God. Hoarding is idolatry.
: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

To have dominion over all creation does not imply unrestrained exploitation. We are to treat creation as the Creator would, not from our own selfish consumption but for the good of all creation.
: Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
: Margaret Atwood


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