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Word Made Flesh

Forgiveness is the balm of broken lives

Ralph Himsl

March 4, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 10, 2013

The readings chosen for the Mass of this day invite us to enjoy a story and to reflect on it. Satisfactory promises, you might say.

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In the desert, we come face to face with our vulnerability

John Connelly

February 25, 2013
Third Sunday in Lent
March 3, 2013

Imagine you are stranded alone in a desert with nothing but sand stretching for hundreds of miles. Would you choose to trust God or would fear get the upper hand?

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Profound trust opens hearts to God's love

Kathleen Giffin

February 18, 2013
Second Sunday in Lent
February 24, 2013

In my job as a counselor there have been many times over the years when I have had a conversation with a client that goes something like this:

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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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Bill and Isaiah were touched by angels

Ralph Himsl

February 4, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 10, 2013

The first of our readings for this Sunday's Mass consists of Isaiah's heady account of a visionary meeting with the Lord sitting in majesty, sumptuously arrayed, attended by seraphs, six winged – a rich experience. I like it a lot.

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Take heart: Follow God's dream for you

John Connelly

January 28, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 3, 2013

All of us have a dream. It may be covered by our losses and disappointments but it is there. It is a dream of freedom and love. A dream of making a real contribution to humanity. A dream of friendship, community and sharing life.

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We are God's flesh in this time and place

Kathleen Giffin

January 21, 2013
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 27, 2013

There is a parable told about a child who is afraid of the dark. The parent reassures the little boy, saying that he is not alone, that God is always with him and therefore he need not be afraid. The little boy responds, "But I want God with skin on him."

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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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Creative renderings honour Christ's birth

Ralph Himsl

December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve
December 24, 2012

In the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus, and since people learned the significance of his birth, they have declared their gratitude in diverse ways: prayers, paintings, novels, poems, rituals, musical compositions, dramas, shrines.

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Christmas – a time to bless our gift of life

John Connelly

December 17, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2012

Here we are at the threshold of another Christmas. I am thinking of the lyrics of John Lennon's poignant song of the season, "And so this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun."

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