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Word Made Flesh

Apply each Sunday's readings to your life

John Connelly

 

January 24, 2011

I was once doing a conference with a well-known bishop. He challenged the people present and asked how many remembered the Mass readings from the past Sunday. A few raised their hands. He then asked how many would remember the readings if their life depended on it. Everybody raised their hands.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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Followers of the star find Bethlehem

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 27, 2010

Epiphany is my favourite Christmas season holiday, for various reasons - from mundane through professional to spiritual. In the first place, it is wonderfully quiet. Since it is about human gifts to God and not gifts to the humans themselves, the media and secular world pay little attention and do nothing to twist its meaning. more . . .

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Joy comes in threes, plus one

Ralph Himsl

December 20, 2010

As if roused from a reverie over her cooling cup of coffee, she mused, "Our good old Christmas still has a lot going for it." Deep in the hubbub of what the commercial world has established as "the season of giving," the remark seemed timely. more . . .

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Jesus’ impending birth arouses joy

John Connelly

 

December 13, 2010

Today the Scriptures declare the call to be a joyful people. The prophet Zephaniah declares, "Shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem. Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart." more . . .

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Advent teaches essential patience

Kathleen Giffin

December 6, 2010

My grandparents were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They met, fell in love and decided to come to Canada. My grandfather, still a young man, came alone at first, travelling by boat, then train to the end of the tracks. He bought a horse and cart and headed northwest to the property he had chosen. more . . .

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John the Baptist prepared way for the Lord

Maria Kozakiewicz

November 29, 2010

We have just had our first snowfall and voices coming from the street are muffled, air is crisp and fresh, snowflakes are twirling and settling gently on the sleeping plants.

Our two neighbours worked hard last weekend decorating their houses. As we drove back from work last night those wonderful huge rooftop Santas and reindeers, along with countless strings of lights, shone out triumphantly at us. more . . .

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Advent prepares, with a hint of tribulation

Ralph Himsl

November 22, 2010

Probably only poets, romantics and other playful souls would bother to try to assign distinctive characteristics to the months of the year. As for the poets, we can think of T. S. Eliot and his label for April as the "cruellest month." more . . .

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Christ the King wants to reign in our hearts

John Connelly

 

November 15, 2010

Deep in our hearts we all long for a good king. A leader who will reign over us with love and compassion. A leader who will be fair, just and protect us all from evil. more . . .

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Living well demands learning from work

Kathleen Giffin

November 8, 2010

One of the aspects of our Catholic faith that I most appreciate is the "earthiness" of our understanding of human life. On the one hand, we are created to share in God's own life, capable of spiritual communion even in this world; on the other hand we are bound to the rhythms of the earth, the material world setting the boundaries for our life. more . . .

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