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Word Made Flesh

Jesus calls us to be his disciples every day

John Connelly

 

May 28, 2012
Trinity Sunday
June 3, 2012

Occasionally, I reflect on the purpose of this column. So this is simply a personal meditation on the Word Made Flesh and our call to be disciples of Jesus.

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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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Jesus' Ascension confirms our belief in him.

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 14, 2012
Ascension of the Lord
May 20, 2012

The Ascension, understood in terms of human chronology and human understanding, ends the story of Jesus' life on earth, that life which begins with the joy of Nativity. How far we have travelled from the innocence of the crib, the angels and the shepherds singing together.

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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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Yield, trust in Jesus, let him live in us

John Connelly

 

April 30, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 6, 2012

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to live as authentic Christians. He says . . . "Abide in me as I abide in you." (John 15.5). The word "abide" has interesting connotations.

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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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Jesus wants whole world to know his mercy

Maria Kozakiewicz

April 9, 2012
Second Sunday of Easter
April 15, 2012

The Second Sunday of Easter is celebrated as the feast of Divine Mercy. There is a natural logic of the placement of that feast in the liturgical calendar – what greater mercy could God show than by what transpired on the Great Night of Easter?

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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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The cross leads us to God's kingdom

John Connelly

 

March 26, 2012
Palm Sunday
April 1, 2012

These are not ordinary times. Recently, I read some challenging words from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the head of the U.S Catholic Conference of Bishops. He was speaking about the bill being debated in the U.S. which could force Church institutions to pay for birth control for their employees.

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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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