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Word Made Flesh

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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Humans have the capacity to be healed

Kathleen Giffin

June 18, 2012
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2012

Unlike most years, this year we celebrate the liturgy for the Birth of John the Baptist on a Sunday. John holds a unique place in our salvation story; he was the chosen one who, in so many ways, prepared the way for Jesus' ministry.

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Catacombs bear witness to a young martyr

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 11, 2012
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 17, 2012

It is only a few days ago that I stood in a narrow corridor of the catacombs of St. Callixtus at Rome. The air there is damp and cold, ceilings glisten with crystals of condensed moisture, brown tufa stone is stained with age. Dark walls are pierced with surprisingly slim, shadowy cavities which once housed bodies of Christians of the first ages, the ages of bloody persecutions alternating with brief periods of uneasy peace with the surrounding pagan world.

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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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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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