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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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Surrender and God's life moves through us

Kathleen Giffin

July 18, 2011
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time — July 24, 2011

Thirty years ago, having recently returned to my faith and the Church, my mother asked me to choose a favourite Scripture passage for her to stitch on a wall hanging for me. I don't remember the process I went through in choosing the reading, but the end result still hangs on my wall, "God makes all things work for good for those who love him."

That Scripture, over the intervening years, has anchored me in hope, courage and trust in a way that no other passage has done. I think I am not alone in my esteem for those words and that truth, for it is a Scripture that nourishes the faith of many people.

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God's love embraces, nourishes, woos us

Kathleen Giffin

June 13, 2011
Trinity Sunday — June 19, 2011

Our readings this Sunday present a beautiful consistency between the Old Testament and New.

The First Reading recounts Moses' reception of the Ten Commandments. When Moses had taken the tablets, "the Lord passed before Moses, and proclaimed, 'The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.'"

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Jesus serves as the bridge to the father

Kathleen Giffin

May 16, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 22, 2011

A recent news article highlighted an evangelical pastor and author who was surrounded by controversy because of his unorthodox view of heaven. His theology includes the belief that one does not necessarily have to "confess with your lips and believe with your heart that Jesus is Lord" in order to gain admittance to heaven.

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God gives opportunities for surrender, obedience

April 11, 2011

One of the realities that Passion Week points to is the depth of love that motivated Jesus to, as Paul tells us, empty himself of his God form "taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness." In that human form he humbled himself and became obedient, to the Father, even to death on a cross.

I find it difficult to grasp that reality because the radical difference between the nature of God and the nature of the human person makes it hard to comprehend the degree of gift that is inherent in Jesus' action.

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Get up and be not afraid

Kathleen Giffin

March 14, 2011

Every Lent, on the Second Sunday, we hear a Gospel reading of the Transfiguration, the revelation to the disciples of the divinity of Jesus. Each of the three Scriptural accounts contain the same basic elements - the three disciples climb the mountain with Jesus who is transfigured before them; Moses and Elijah appear; and they hear the voice of the Father telling them: "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

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Jesus is honoured by our service to the poor

Kathleen Giffin

February 14, 20111

I was the youngest of four siblings who together attended a country school. We lived on a farm, and if we forgot to take something in the morning, parents weren't called to ask them to bring it to school. more . . .

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Light one candle and chase away the dark

Kathleen Giffin

January 17, 2011

This is a difficult time of year for many people. It is often hard to return to the realities of "normal life" after the holiday season with all its celebrations and hopes. more . . .

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