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Kathleen Giffin

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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Lent's space prepares us for God's mission

Kathleen Giffin

February 20, 2012
First Sunday in Lent
February 26, 2012

As we approach the season of Lent, I am reminded of my childhood Lenten experiences. I remember the family discussions that resulted in us either deciding or being told what we were going to give up for Lent.

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Toss out preconceptions and hear God's word

Kathleen Giffin

January 23, 2012
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 29, 2012

One characteristic of this era is the overemphasis and reliance on our own perspective and ability to understand as the means by which we determine what is right and good. It comes, I think, from the natural tendency of the brain to order data, reach conclusions and make judgments based on those conclusions.

Yet if that normal means of understanding reality is not tempered by a humility which acknowledges the limitations in our ability to grasp the fullness of truth, we can end up seriously disoriented.

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God will answer prayers in his own way

Kathleen Giffin

December 12, 2011
Fourth Sunday in Advent
December 18, 2011

There is a pink pencil in the pen holder on my husband's desk. It is 23 years old now, and holds special significance to us because it is the last of those handed out to our friends on the occasion of the birth of our second child.

The days and weeks after her birth were a difficult time for us, for she was diagnosed with a heart defect and Down Syndrome the day she was born. Airlifted to the city, medical interventions, developmental supports, more hospitalizations all followed in the succeeding months.

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Wounded warrior still fought injustice

Kathleen Giffin

November 7, 2011
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 13, 2011

Father Dajczer, in his book The Gift of Faith, writes about the parable of the talents, the Gospel for this Sunday. He states that the talents God gives us are not just gift and material, but opportunity. Opportunity is found especially in the absence of things and in suffering.

He says that God is continually bestowing his gifts upon us, and that how we use those gifts, especially the gift of difficult experiences, is the way that we are transformed. It is easy to see the possession of certain "talents" or abilities as gift; but what about sickness as a talent, or the pain of loss as the gift with which to transform our world and us?

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God's vigilance is ever present in our lives

Kathleen Giffin

October 10, 2011
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2011

My second daughter, who has Down syndrome, often went on "unauthorized walks" when she was young. It was not so much that she was running away, it was more that she was off on an adventure and had neglected to inform us of her intentions.

While there were some moments of panic as we tried to locate her, one of the most frightening times looking for her was when she was older and did not return home from her walk to the store.

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God's point of view can be life changing

Kathleen Giffin

September 12, 2011
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 18, 2011

There are singular events in every person's life that serve as both watersheds and points of reference in the years that follow. One such event for me was the birth of my daughter Ange. On the day she was born she was diagnosed with both a congenital heart defect and Down Syndrome.

My response, in the succeeding days and weeks, exposed the best and the worst in me. The best was that I did everything that I could to make sure that she was loved, nurtured and received the best medical care and early intervention. The worst was what I thought and felt about this event that had "happened to me."

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