Announcement

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 16, 2016

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  Alert:  Dear Pope Francis: Letters from Children REVIEW at end of today’s post.  

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Reaching Across Divides

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 18, 2017

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In November as I sat in a Newark airport at a crowded gate, across from me was a dark-skinned man in a turban, a Sikh. Suddenly he left. When he reappeared, he was pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair, which he parked by me. Her husband sat on the other side of the empty […]

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What’s in the Name Jesus?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 11, 2017

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When someone calls me Catherine, I don’t like it. My name is Kathleen. We are sensitive about our names because they stand for us. I wonder how the Savior feels when we call him Jesus. He and his people spoke  Aramaic, which has no “J” sound.  His name would have been Yeshua, a common Jewish […]

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First Days of the New Year 2017

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 4, 2017

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I remember looking forward to 1984 when it was the title of a book about the future. All of a sudden it’s 2017! How did that happen? In case you are still deciding on your new year’s resolutions, here are some tips culled from Pope Francis and from my previous New Year posts: First, Pope […]

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A New Year Poem to Recall God’s in Charge

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 28, 2016

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My present to you:  An encouraging poem as we face this new year. Happy New Year! God Knows by Minnie Louise Hoskins   And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into […]

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Reflections on the Manger in Bethlehem

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 21, 2016

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The first chapter of my new book out this month, Voices: God Speaking in Creation, is “Manger.” It makes a fitting post this week as we celebrate Christmas . . . “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7).  Jesus […]

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Symbolism in Christmas Customs

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 14, 2016

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As I researched Christmas customs recently, I discovered the meaning behind some of them that many people, even Christians, are probably not aware of. I found the symbolism interesting. Maybe you will too. Christmas  The name for this feast comes from “Christ Mass” because Mass was celebrated in honor of the birth of Christ. The […]

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Advent: Jesus Coming in Mystery Now, Today!

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 7, 2016

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Advent readings at Mass focus us on the coming of Jesus in Majesty at the end of time, while Christmas decorations recall his coming in History in Bethlehem, but his third coming that we commemorate during Advent is his coming in Mystery. This coming gets pushed aside. Let’s think about it, for it is the […]

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Ideas for Observing Advent

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 30, 2016

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We are in the first week of Advent. Already! The word advent means “coming,” and during Advent we reflect on and prepare for the three comings of Christ: in history in Bethlehem, in mystery every day in the Eucharist and in others, and in majesty at the end of time. While engaged in the flurry […]

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I Thank Means I Think

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 23, 2016

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For a graduate school course I wrote a paper on “thank you.” To my surprise the word “thank” is derived from the word “think.” To thank someone means we are thinking of them and their kind act for us. When a person has done something thoughtful for us, the least we can do is to […]

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Flaws: Saints Weren’t Perfect Either

November 16, 2016

We’ve just finished a presidential campaign which was discouraging to many because both candidates were flawed. This prompted me to resurrect excerpts from an article I wrote decades ago: “Nobody is perfect.” How glibly we say that, but some of us have difficulty realizing that “nobody” includes us. Most of us, however, wake every morning […]

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