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Kathleen Giffin

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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Stealing from the poor bars you from heaven

Kathleen Giffin

September 16, 2013
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 22, 2013

I've been piecing together a bit of family history in the last while. It has to do with some farmland belonging to my grandparents that was, we were told as children, "lost to taxes." This was not an uncommon circumstance for young people in Saskatchewan early on in the Depression, but it seems that wasn't the whole story.

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Knock on God's door; give him your prayers

Kathleen Giffin

July 22, 2013
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 28, 2013

This Sunday's Gospel tells of Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray, how to ask the Father for what we need, trusting his goodness. He says, "Ask and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you."

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Who do you say that Jesus is?

Kathleen Giffin

June 17, 2013
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 23, 2013

Many years ago, a relative whom I had only once met went through a time of great difficulty. The situation I was in at that time was such that I had the opportunity to reach out with some concrete help.

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Add love as essential to our human lives

Kathleen Giffin

May 20, 2013
Trinity Sunday
May 26, 2013

The traditional statement of "food, water and shelter" as the three essentials to human life probably needs a revision. I would say that there are four essentials to human life: food, water, shelter and love.

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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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