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Kathleen Giffin

Be like a child and listen to God's word

Kathleen Giffin

July 21, 2014
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 3, 2014

Lately my three-year-old granddaughter and I have been having a conversation. It goes something like this: "Madi, you have to listen to your Mom, and do what she says. "If you want to have a happy day, then you need to listen. Your day will go better and you will get more of the things you want when you listen to your Mom."

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Root out every source of life in the flesh

Kathleen Giffin

June 23, 2014
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 6, 2014

The last few years I have had a "growing" problem in my garden. I have a larger than usual lot in town, with more flowerbeds than I actually have time to look after properly. There are several beds of perennials further away from the house, on the edge of the property, that don't get the same level of attention as the ones next to the house. The result is that whatever weed issue those beds have tend to get more entrenched every year.

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Suffering is a sign that God is still at work

Kathleen Giffin

May 26, 2014
Pentecost
June 8, 2014

The feast of Pentecost used to carry different significance for me than it does now. Pentecost was the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that expressed the excitement and hope I experienced in my life of faith. The Holy Spirit was the one who came in power, who transformed from uncertainty and bondage to freedom and mission. Life was easy, evidence of God's love abounded as the Spirit opened my eyes and heart to the ways of the Father. Pentecost reminds me of that time in my life, a time which I know many others have also experienced.

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Jesus 'herds' us with his gentle voice

Kathleen Giffin

April 28, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 11, 2014

One of the things I have long appreciated in Roman Catholicism is our valuing of human life in all its dimensions. I'm not referencing "respect for life" but rather the stance that looks out upon all that it is to be human, accepting and embracing and declaring it to be good. We value culture, art, music. We value our bodies, we enjoy the feast with good wine, and we value the simple loaf of bread, fresh baked. Our natural human lives, lived in nature, connected with the seasons and patterns of growth and decay is the context in which we live, and it is a way that God powerfully speaks to us.

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Everyone walks their own Way of the Cross

Kathleen Giffin

March 31, 2014
Palm Sunday
April 13, 2014

My preparations for Easter this year have a unique dimension; I am planning the route for a visit to my father's wartime past in Holland, a route that I will begin Easter weekend. I have been looking through old papers and photographs, reading books, talking to people in Holland who are the children of men he knew there, researching the museums and memorials for the ones that hold the most significance.

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Faith is leaving the known for the unknown

Kathleen Giffin

March 16, 2014
Second Sunday of Lent
March 3, 2014

All of my children, when they were young, enjoyed the game of jumping off a high place so they could be caught by their father. My granddaughter has refined the game a little. She, at two and a half, doesn't jump, she falls. She will stand on the counter while her father lies on the floor nearby and simply fall into that space above him, absolutely certain that he will catch her.

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Living the choice for life can be difficult

Kathleen Giffin

February 3, 2014
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 16, 2014

"Life is difficult." So begins Scott Peck's classic, The Road Less Travelled. Not only is it difficult, it's also complicated, textured with so many ways of seeing, so many ways of living, so many meanings, opportunities, distractions and choices.

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Advent offers space to surrender hearts, trust God's mystery

Kathleen Giffin

December 9, 2013
Third Sunday in Advent
December 15, 2013

In the early years of our marriage, I was often frustrated by the differences between my husband and me.

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Avoid focusing on end times prophecy

Kathleen Giffin

November 11, 2013
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 17, 2013

I heard a story from a man who had been on a mission trip to an isolated tribe that had never before been evangelized. Their preaching had been so "successful" that they found themselves with a problem: the people lost their motivation to live their daily lives. Instead, they sat around and waited for Jesus to return.

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When Jesus returns, he will find faith

Kathleen Giffin

October 14, 2013
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 20, 2013

Most of the funerals held in our parish church are not large gatherings. The church is usually half full with people who want to show their respect to the deceased and their care for the ones who live on.

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