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Maria Kozakiewicz

In time of suffering, trust in the Lord

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 31, 2014
Fifth Sunday of Lent
April 6, 2014

What were Mary's and Martha's thoughts during Lazarus' illness and dying? Those who have nursed a loved one during such time may know. On one side, there is the growing realization that the dreaded moment creeps closer and closer. On the other side, nursed by shreds of prayer and stories of miracles, there is childlike hope. Maybe, maybe, God will hear our pleas and those eyes that are closing will open, healthy and joyful. All will be well again. Maybe.

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Love of Confession must be developed early

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 3, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
March 9, 2014

I love Lent. All liturgical periods in the Church are full of wisdom, love and the beauty of God, but Lent, followed by Easter, is the summit of them all. It is the supreme homecoming for us, with the door thrown open to all by the Father. As migrant birds return to safety of familiar lakes and forests, we return to Jesus through the sacrament of Reconciliation. We become whole again.

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Salt of the earth should never lose its taste

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 3, 2014
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 9, 2014

Salt is a peculiar type of seasoning. It is invisible when dissolved yet essential for taste. We miss it even if we cannot see it.

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Christmas is season for public display of Christian faith

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 2, 2013
Second Sunday in Advent
December 9, 2013

It is freezing today. Thick snow covers our backyard, and in the hazy darkness of the morning I can see sparrows flock to the birdfeeder. I have to get up an hour earlier because of the icy roads.

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Jesus offers a heaven of never-ending love

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 4, 2013
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 10, 2013

Cold wind is stripping trees of their gold and green clothing, and my small garden looks more sad and bare with each day passing. Naked branches no longer hide the flock of sparrows at the feeder. Sometimes at night I can hear the distant farewell cry of Canada geese flying south.

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Our grave duty to save the lost sheep

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 9, 2013
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 15, 2013

The parable of a lost sheep shows vividly how God's logic is different from ours. Who would leave a large flock of healthy animals, on which one's annual income or ruin depend, to look for a stray sheep that may be already lost?

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Prayer represents 'the better part'

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 15, 2013
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 21, 2013

When my prayer life comes to a standstill and dryness overcomes my soul, I turn to an old prayerbook I brought to Canada over 20 years ago. The book is old and small, leather-bound with yellowed, thin pages, some of them falling out, others already missing and several sticking together so much that I have to separate them with pincers.

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Jesus' profound love dries our tears of regret

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 10, 2013
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 15, 2013

We know the scene, and it is easy to imagine: a wealthy house somewhere in Judea, Jesus, reclining by the dinner table on a low couch, his host, the Pharisee resting similarly beside him or across the table.

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Pentecost's Holy Spirit breathes life into our dry bones

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 13, 2013
Pentecost
May 19, 2013

We know him from religious art – he is always shown as a dove. We know him from the catechism and from the New Testament story of his descent upon the disciples. He came upon them as fire that did not burn, as wind that did not destroy.

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Paul, Barnabas open doors of the Church

Maria Kozakiewicz

April 15, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Easter
April 21, 2013

After the great messages of the passion and resurrection of recent weeks, this Sunday's readings take us into the centre of the complex reality of evangelization.

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