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Word Made Flesh

Anxiety rampant due to society's confusion

Kathleen Giffin
January 11, 2016
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 24, 2016

We live in interesting and difficult times. I spoke to a young man today who told me how life is harder for young people now because things are more "open"; the imperative to find one's own truth, to determine one's own course and meaning in life has been broadened to include all possibilities. The result is bewilderment and anxiety in the face of infinite choices and parameters. Truth has been declared relative, biological sex has been declared irrelevant, ultimate meaning is denied and the power to define has been conferred upon the individual. No wonder anxiety is rampant.

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Ancestral traditions shallow without foundation of faith

Maria Kozakiewicz
December 21, 2015
Christmas Midnight Mass
December 24, 2015

You will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." I need Christmas - as most of us do - and I need it in winter. We, dwellers of the Northern Hemisphere who have been slipping into darkness for weeks, crave light and joy.

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Seed of faith grows into eternal destiny

John Connelly
December 21, 2015
Holy Family
December 21, 2015

What do you and I really believe deep down in the depths of our heart and soul? Do we believe the words in this week's Sacred Scripture? Do we believe in the story of the virgin who conceived and bore a divine-human son? Do we believe the whole world will one day bow before this great king who came to be born in a stable?

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Fresh eyes needed to see age-old truths

Kathleen Giffin
December 7, 2015
Third Sunday in Advent
December 13, 2015

I live in a remarkably beautiful part of the world; every day I see spectacular Rocky Mountains, peaks with glistening snow caps. Often I catch sight of nature that people come from all over the world hoping to see: grizzly bears, caribou, bighorn sheep and moose.

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Christ's lowly birth calls us to be childlike

Brett Fawcett
December 7, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 20, 2015

Today's readings for the last Sunday of Advent are full of images of children. Our Lord said only she who becomes like a child is fit for the kingdom of heaven, and no wonder: Jesus himself is the kingdom; from all eternity he has been the Son, receiving everything from the Father. He was childlike before the worlds were born.

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Trust God is on your side and receive mercy

John Connelly
November 23, 2015
First Sunday in Advent
November 29, 2015

The pope declared an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8. We need to reflect on the profound reality that no one is beyond the mercy of Jesus. Mercy is available to presidents, prime ministers, rich and poor, old and young, prisoners, drug addicts, the marginalized, everyone.

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Work through the pain to find Advent's joy

Lydia Cristini
November 23, 2015
Second Sunday in Advent
December 6, 2015

The "one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ." To me, this is hope. And hope is a difficult thing to find these days. If we are paying attention, there is no end to human suffering in the world around us.

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Archangel Michael protects at the end times

Brett Fawcett
November 9, 2015
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 15, 2015

November is the end of the liturgical year, and thus the time when our lectionary leads us to reflect on the end of the world. We don’t much like to talk about the end of the world nowadays. Perhaps it seems too negative, perhaps even too fanatical and Gnostic for us. But we must ask ourselves: Why do we find the idea this world will end so unpleasantly? Are we so comfortable within this world we don’t want to see it go?

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Christ the King will come to judge the earth

Maria Kozakiewicz
November 9, 2015
Christ the King
November 9, 2015

Where will I be when Christ the King will come in glory? Shall I be alive or long dead, come from the bottom of purgatory? Shall I be fair and full of joy – or weeping and “gnashing my teeth?” Will our misguided humanity be utterly lost and confused by that time or will it have regained its moral compass and faith? Will my small cross that hangs above my desk be a hidden and forbidden object, the Church hidden underground and words of Mass whispered in the light of one candle? All these questions have no answers.

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Simplicity clears the path to forgiveness

Kathleen Giffin
October 26, 2015
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 8, 2015

Richard Rohr tells the story of meeting a group of women in a refugee camp in Guatemala in the early 1980's. They had been displaced from their homes in El Salvador as a result of the civil war, and all had lost family members, mostly husbands and sons. He recounted their weekly practice of walking and praying the Stations of the Cross that they had created in the camp.

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