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Kathleen Giffin

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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God became flesh and chose to live with us

Kathleen Giffin

December 10, 2012
Third Sunday in Advent
December 16, 2012

I had the opportunity, in my late twenties, to take a number of theology and Scripture classes. While most of those classes were informative and interesting, there were a few classes where I experienced moments that had a significant and lasting impact on me.

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Shine the light of love and heaven awaits

Kathleen Giffin

November 12, 2012
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 18, 2012

As I write this tonight, New York is struggling to begin to recover from what is described as its worst storm in living history, my town had a foot of snow dumped on it, wreaking havoc on all the roads, and an earthquake just shook up British Columbia residents with a warning of how much worse it could have been.

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To be first in God's eyes is to serve others

Kathleen Giffin

October 15, 2012
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 21, 2012

My children adopted a common practice of their peers, the calling out of "Shotgun!" as their way to claim the front passenger seat in car rides. I remember the first couple of times it happened I was caught off guard, not sure what was meant.

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The Paschal Mystery witnesses to Jesus' love

Kathleen Giffin

September 17, 2012
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 23, 2012

My first job in the field of social services was working in a treatment home for emotionally disturbed children. It was an emotionally challenging job for me, daily working with the distress the children experienced.

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An unsettling word from Scripture

Kathleen Giffin

August 20, 2012
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 26, 2012

The last few months have been occupied with preparations for my daughter's wedding. It is an exciting and happy time, and reminds me of my young adult life and my attitudes as I approached marriage.

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Humans have the capacity to be healed

Kathleen Giffin

June 18, 2012
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2012

Unlike most years, this year we celebrate the liturgy for the Birth of John the Baptist on a Sunday. John holds a unique place in our salvation story; he was the chosen one who, in so many ways, prepared the way for Jesus' ministry.

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Pentecost's divine love opens locked doors

Kathleen Giffin

May 21, 2012
Pentecost
May 27, 2012

It was the day of Pentecost, though the disciples did not yet know that it would come to be known as that. The doors were locked, for fear of the authorities; the disciples were in turmoil, uncertain of what was to come and unsure of the meaning of what they had experienced in the years that had just passed.

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Shepherds give their lives for their sheep

Kathleen Giffin

April 23, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 29, 2012

Early in my adult journey of faith I had the blessing of living at Christhaven, the diocesan House of Prayer in Montana. Father Joe Oblinger, the priest who was in charge of the prayer community and retreat house, was a wise and prayerful man, committed to his faith.

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Surrender to God: Let the Holy Spirit work

Kathleen Giffin

March 19, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 25, 2012

Looking at the great mounds of snow in my backyard right now it is hard to imagine the transformation that will begin to take place in the next month, as spring begins to do its work.

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