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Word Made Flesh

Astounded disciples witness forgiveness

Ralph Himsl

April 1, 2013
Second Sunday in Easter
April 7, 2013

Surprisingly, the concluding verse of the Gospel reading for today contains an apology of sorts, "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book."

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Let our lives bear witness to Risen Jesus

John Connelly

March 25, 2013
Easter Sunday
March 31, 2013

There is a saying that I really appreciate, "Let your life speak." It originally came from the Quakers but it applies to all of us.

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We are called to live the Way of the Cross

Kathleen Giffin

March 18, 2013
Passion Sunday
March 24, 2013

My backyard is again filled with snow, the birds are eager at the feeder, and the icicles hang long and pointed off the eaves. It's hard to believe Easter is so near, that the Passion of our Lord is so soon to be remembered.

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Lenten Confession clears the ethical slate

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 11, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2013

In antiquity, adultery was considered one of the most severe transgressions a woman could commit. Not only was it seen as a fundamental breach of trust, but it also put into doubt the paternity of children raised in the family. A child born out of wedlock, passed off as a legitimate heir could eventually lead to transfer of family property into a stranger's hands.

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Forgiveness is the balm of broken lives

Ralph Himsl

March 4, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 10, 2013

The readings chosen for the Mass of this day invite us to enjoy a story and to reflect on it. Satisfactory promises, you might say.

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In the desert, we come face to face with our vulnerability

John Connelly

February 25, 2013
Third Sunday in Lent
March 3, 2013

Imagine you are stranded alone in a desert with nothing but sand stretching for hundreds of miles. Would you choose to trust God or would fear get the upper hand?

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Profound trust opens hearts to God's love

Kathleen Giffin

February 18, 2013
Second Sunday in Lent
February 24, 2013

In my job as a counselor there have been many times over the years when I have had a conversation with a client that goes something like this:

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God always hears our cries for help

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 11, 2013
First Sunday in Lent
February 17, 2013

For most of my life, Lent has been my favourite period in the liturgical year. I suspect it has something to do with my distant childhood and the solemn, but expectant atmosphere prevailing in our home at that time.

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Bill and Isaiah were touched by angels

Ralph Himsl

February 4, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 10, 2013

The first of our readings for this Sunday's Mass consists of Isaiah's heady account of a visionary meeting with the Lord sitting in majesty, sumptuously arrayed, attended by seraphs, six winged – a rich experience. I like it a lot.

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Take heart: Follow God's dream for you

John Connelly

January 28, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 3, 2013

All of us have a dream. It may be covered by our losses and disappointments but it is there. It is a dream of freedom and love. A dream of making a real contribution to humanity. A dream of friendship, community and sharing life.

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