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Jesus offers a heaven of never-ending love

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 4, 2013
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 10, 2013

Cold wind is stripping trees of their gold and green clothing, and my small garden looks more sad and bare with each day passing. Naked branches no longer hide the flock of sparrows at the feeder. Sometimes at night I can hear the distant farewell cry of Canada geese flying south.

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Our grave duty to save the lost sheep

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 9, 2013
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 15, 2013

The parable of a lost sheep shows vividly how God's logic is different from ours. Who would leave a large flock of healthy animals, on which one's annual income or ruin depend, to look for a stray sheep that may be already lost?

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Prayer represents 'the better part'

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 15, 2013
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 21, 2013

When my prayer life comes to a standstill and dryness overcomes my soul, I turn to an old prayerbook I brought to Canada over 20 years ago. The book is old and small, leather-bound with yellowed, thin pages, some of them falling out, others already missing and several sticking together so much that I have to separate them with pincers.

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Jesus' profound love dries our tears of regret

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 10, 2013
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 15, 2013

We know the scene, and it is easy to imagine: a wealthy house somewhere in Judea, Jesus, reclining by the dinner table on a low couch, his host, the Pharisee resting similarly beside him or across the table.

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Pentecost's Holy Spirit breathes life into our dry bones

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 13, 2013
Pentecost
May 19, 2013

We know him from religious art – he is always shown as a dove. We know him from the catechism and from the New Testament story of his descent upon the disciples. He came upon them as fire that did not burn, as wind that did not destroy.

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Paul, Barnabas open doors of the Church

Maria Kozakiewicz

April 15, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Easter
April 21, 2013

After the great messages of the passion and resurrection of recent weeks, this Sunday's readings take us into the centre of the complex reality of evangelization.

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Lenten Confession clears the ethical slate

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 11, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2013

In antiquity, adultery was considered one of the most severe transgressions a woman could commit. Not only was it seen as a fundamental breach of trust, but it also put into doubt the paternity of children raised in the family. A child born out of wedlock, passed off as a legitimate heir could eventually lead to transfer of family property into a stranger's hands.

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God always hears our cries for help

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 11, 2013
First Sunday in Lent
February 17, 2013

For most of my life, Lent has been my favourite period in the liturgical year. I suspect it has something to do with my distant childhood and the solemn, but expectant atmosphere prevailing in our home at that time.

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Mary's faith offers us a second chance

Maria Kozakiewicz

January 14, 2013
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 20, 2013

Christmases differ from year to year. Some are full of sweet delight, swimming in colours and scents of true Christmas, with a perfect tree at home, a charming Nativity at the church, everyone happy and healthy, children striving to find the first star at the window, yet never losing sight of a colourful array of small but well-chosen presents under the tree.

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Ticking, tocking in the wild rush of time

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 3, 2012
Second Sunday in Advent
December 9, 2012

We live in a world governed by time – years, months, days, hours and minutes, even seconds must be accounted for by all means. Very aptly, therefore, we are surrounded with all kinds of time-measuring devices: from a variety of calendars, to a plethora of wall clocks and watches of all kinds and shapes.

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