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Ralph Himsl

Oh, to see we Christians as others see us

Ralph Himsl

October 29, 2012
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 4, 2011

Our parish has a longstanding refugee committee on which I have served. The expulsion of those who became known as "boat people" from Vietnam in 1979-80 stirred parishioners to offer help. "Form a committee," they said.

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Myth can convey a plethora of meanings

Ralph Himsl

October 1, 2012
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 7, 2011

The First Reading for Sunday from Genesis, tells of God's creation of humankind and of the creatures of earth, sea and sky.

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Ponder the mystery of Jesus' travels

Ralph Himsl

September 3, 2012
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 9, 2011

In addition to a touching demonstration of the mystery of the healing power of Jesus, (more about that later), the Gospel for today has several mysteries.

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Power comes with total surrender to God

Ralph Himsl

July 2, 2012
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 8, 2012

Today's readings invite us to examine an element abiding in every relationship, that of "power" – and to meditate upon it.

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How can I keep the eternal covenant?

Ralph Himsl

June 4, 2012
Corpus Christi
June 10, 2011

The designers of the format of the Western Catholic Reporter merit a goodly measure of credit in their choice of the name for this column the Word Made Flesh; even if on occasion the title may have an ironic, if unintended quality. (Did these planners enjoy its twin treasures of reverence and humour?)

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Heroes blossom throughout the centuries

Ralph Himsl

May 7, 2012
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 13, 2011

Today's Gospel finds us in a time of intense teaching by Jesus. It must have left the Apostles agape with wonder. In the few lines before today's Gospel reading, John tells us that Jesus has just explained his relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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Blind justice entangles innocents – even Jesus

Ralph Himsl

April 2, 2012
Easter
April 8, 2011

We can understand the frantic running back and forth of Mary Magdalene, Peter and "the other disciple" (as the Gospel excerpt puts it) in the early morning darkness that day of the Resurrection. The tortured body of Jesus they had placed securely in the tomb had vanished.

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We want to know God, visualize him

Ralph Himsl

March 5, 2012
Third Sunday in Lent
March 11, 2011

I know a stop for a city dweller between Nobleford and Granum on secondary highway 519 in southern Alberta. Alberta has many such charming places because there on a moonless, cloudless night of light traffic away from sources of light pollution, a motorist can pull off the highway onto a side road, turn out the car headlights and stop the engine.

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Confession opens the path to forgiveness

Ralph Himsl

February 6, 2012
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 12, 2011

Sunday worshippers listening closely to the readings in the Liturgy of the Word for this day, will delight in the contrast between the thunder of the narrative from Leviticus in the First Reading and the compassion in the passage from Mark's Gospel, dealing as they do with a like subject.

Of the First Reading, I might want to say, as scholars do when they start to simplify, "It is clear that . . ." or, as politicians say, "Clearly, it means that . . .".

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The roots of the feast of Mary, Mother of God

Ralph Himsl

December 26, 2011
Mary, the Mother of God
November 1, 2011

I have a lament of sorts: with the investment that society has made in the formal education given me, supplemented by decades of experience, travel, mistakes, reading, study and dare I say it, thinking (?), it grieves me that I should know so little.

I see for example, the note in my Sunday Missal that on Jan. 1, we observe the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on this World Day of Prayer for Peace.

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