Announcement

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 30, 2015

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  New Retreat:  For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, I’ve created a retreat with the theme of mercy—God’s and ours. The length is adaptable. If you plan spiritual activities for a group and are interested, e-mail me. (kglavich@ndec.org)  

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Valentines for God

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 10, 2016

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Remember how we celebrated St. Valentine’s Day in grade school by passing out valentines to our classmates? In the fourth grade I was crushed when the boy I liked best did not give me a valentine. But then after school, he appeared at our house and handed me a valentine. It wasn’t one of those […]

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Why Penance? Why Friday? Why Fish?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 3, 2016

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I grew up near Lake Erie. Every so often our neighbor Joe brought my mother some fish he caught. She was grateful, except for the fact that she would have to clean and debone them. You might wonder why we Catholics eat fish on Lenten Fridays. It began when Christians gave up meat as a […]

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Remedies for Winter Blues and Sadness in General

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 27, 2016

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My sister goes to Florida to escape the dark, dreary days of winter in Cleveland, Ohio. The Florida sun makes her feel better physically and mentally. Not everyone can move to Florida during January and February. So what can we do to shake off the dull sadness that might cloak us at least occasionally during […]

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Thoughts about Death

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 20, 2016

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My theology class at Cleveland Central Catholic was on the fifth floor of St. Michael School. One of the topics was death and dying. As one student entered the room, he commented, “Sister, do you know what it’s like to climb those stairs knowing that for the next forty minutes you’ll be thinking about death?” […]

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Keeping God’s Name Hallowed

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 13, 2016

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The other day I began watching a DVD from the library, and it was so laced with profanity that I stopped it. Some people must not be aware of—or have forgotten—the second commandment: “You shall not  make wrongful use of the name of the Lord Your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who […]

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Do You Bring Gifts for the King?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 6, 2016

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When my friend from Abu Dhabi first visited, she brought me frankincense from Yemen in a box carved in Arabia. You can see it in the picture. The slightest touch leaves the resin’s pungent fragrance on your finger. On Epiphany we celebrate “little Christmas,” the day Magi (wise men) from the East paid homage to […]

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Turning over a New Leaf in 2016: Revelations and Resolutions

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 30, 2015

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I’m sure you’ve had the experience of suddenly realizing you have misunderstood something for a long time. For example, a friend of mine thought that in the Christmas song “Reindeer pause” was “Reindeer paws” until it dawned on her that reindeer have hooves not paws. Just as I began pondering this new blog, I had […]

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Angels on High and on Earth

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 23, 2015

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The Christmas story is replete with angels: The Angel Gabriel delivers the startling news to teenage Mary that she was chosen to be the Mother of God. An angel (probably Gabriel) breaks the life-changing news to Joseph, her espoused, in a dream. At the birth of Jesus, an angel sends shepherds to find a savior […]

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Christmas Cards: A Chore or a Chance

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 16, 2015

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A friend of mine spends Christmas Day writing her cards. For one thing, this spares her from re-mailing cards to people who have moved. Another friend sends his cards in July. That way his card gets more attention and also reminds people of the Savior in the summer. Whether you purchase Christmas cards  or create […]

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St. Nicholas aka Santa Claus in the Year of Mercy

December 9, 2015

On December 6 we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, when I hold my annual party for local convents in the tradition of my religious community. We inherited this celebration from the Sisters in Holland who helped form us German Sisters of Notre Dame. The feast entails gingerbread bishops, apple tarts, oranges, popcorn balls, bags […]

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