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Word Made Flesh

Jesus' ascension leaves us to do God's will on earth

Ralph Himsl

May 6, 2013
Ascension
May 12, 2013

Today – today I choose to indulge myself. At four score years and four, I presume to take a stand on that thin collection of privileges earned by age. I make a claim for wisdom: T. S. Eliot's wisdom – the wisdom of humility. I find shelter in his claim that "The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility."

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Contemplation will give birth to great renewal in the Church

John Connelly

April 29, 2013
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2013

Every breath we take is a gift from God. God breathes his life into you and me right now. God sustains us and loves us moment by moment.

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Love is essential for life, growth, meaning

Kathleen Giffin

April 22, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Easter
April 28, 2013

I spent the last two days at a workshop, learning from Gordon Neufeld. He is a developmental psychologist who works with the attachment and maturation process in children and adolescents.

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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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Astounded disciples witness forgiveness

Ralph Himsl

April 1, 2013
Second Sunday in Easter
April 7, 2013

Surprisingly, the concluding verse of the Gospel reading for today contains an apology of sorts, "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book."

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Let our lives bear witness to Risen Jesus

John Connelly

March 25, 2013
Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013

There is a saying that I really appreciate, "Let your life speak." It originally came from the Quakers but it applies to all of us.

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We are called to live the Way of the Cross

Kathleen Giffin

March 18, 2013
Passion Sunday
March 24, 2013

My backyard is again filled with snow, the birds are eager at the feeder, and the icicles hang long and pointed off the eaves. It's hard to believe Easter is so near, that the Passion of our Lord is so soon to be remembered.

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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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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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