Cathy Keirstead

Reflection – A Desire to be Understood

Today, in the Gospel according to John, we hear of the story of the woman caught in adultery.  It reminds us that sin, turning away from God and acting against our own dignity and worth, is not an ending.  Jesus’ response to those who accuse the woman is more than a caution to us about making judgement of others.  It is a profound lesson in divine mercy and forgiveness.  As sinners, we are all unworthy to judge the sins of ...

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Reflection – What is Jesus going to say to you today?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims the “good news” to the poor.  Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth, unrolled the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and found the place where it was written. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of ...

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Reflection – The Heart of the Matter

For this week’s reflection, I am going to digress a little from reflecting on the reading/gospel theme, though there is mention of ‘priests’, as has been a current theme these past few weeks, and I would like to reflect on what it means to be a PRIEST.

Priests are there for Baptism, First Penance, First Communion, Confirmation; for some, commitment in marriage; when the elderly or infirmed are anointed with the oil of the sick, presiding at funeral rites and consoling ...

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Reflection – Faith IS Action

In today’s Second Reading, James teaches that faith must be demonstrated in one’s works. “What good is it, if you say you have faith, but do not have works?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?  So, faith by itself, if it has no ...

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Reflection – When You Believe

The gospel today relates the parable of Jesus overcoming the death of a young girl.  Her father implored Jesus to come and lay His hands on her so that she could live.  When Jesus and the man came to the house, they were told the child had died. Jesus took her hand and she rose and began to walk.  This was one of the many miracles performed by Jesus as He ministered to the people.

We have all heard about miracles. ...

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Reflection – The Good Shepherd

Today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, is the familiar parable of the Good Shepherd.  Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”

Growing up in a solid Catholic family and benefiting from Catholic schooling, I always had an image of shepherds as being kind, loving, patient, strong and self-sacrificing.  And I also ...

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Reflection – Giving Particular Attention to God

This first Sunday of Lent is a time to reinvigorate ourselves as Catholics.  It enables us to step back from the usual habits and distractions and give particular attention to God.  It leads us to the Easter Sunday celebration of our risen Christ.  It is a time for prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self) and almsgiving (justice towards neighbours).

Common practice for me when I was a child was giving up sweets, candy, trying to attend daily Mass, putting ...

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Reflection – Nothing is Impossible with God!

In this week’s Gospel account, the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her that she would bear a child who would be holy, called Jesus the Son of God. His words, “FOR NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD” have resonated over these thousands of years. These seven words have been the inspiration for many followers, faith-believers, over time. 

The sport company Adidas had an ad years ago – Impossible Is Nothing. It was a very inspirational and motivational campaign, reminding ...

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Reflection – Give to God the things that are God’s

This week’s gospel is the familiar rendition of attempts to entrap Jesus when He is asked, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor or not?”  If Jesus says that the tax should be paid to Caesar, He would be considered guilty of false worship since the Romans believe the emperor to be divine.  On the other hand, if Jesus says the tax should not be paid, He would be encouraging disobedience to Roman laws, which would be sedition – ...

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Reflection – The Feast of the Assumption

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. In 1950 Pope Pius XII defined Mary’s Assumption into heaven as dogma of Roman Catholicism:  “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.”

As a child growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, Mary was always an integral part of my religious upbringing. In May we took our bicycles to school for the Queen of the May parade, when our bicycles would be ...

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