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by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 16, 2018

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Strange Happenings: Angels at Work?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 14, 2018

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At dinner the other night an elderly friend I’ll call Lucy told us a touching story. A few years ago on her 65th wedding anniversary, she was sorely missing her deceased husband. She lived alone, and there was no one to share her sadness and console her. She figured that her children would not remember […]

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Fear: Boon or Bane and How to Conquer It

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 7, 2018

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Many people worldwide are gripped by fear. Maybe you fear something right now: a doctor visit, an impending hurricane, a performance or talk you must give, or the loss of a loved one. This strong emotion can be an asset when it protects us from danger. “Don’t go near the fire,” moms say. “You might […]

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So Does God Exist?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on October 31, 2018

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In Stephen Hawking’s last book, which will be published posthumously, he answers questions that he was asked most frequently. Among these is “Do you think God exists?” Hawking’s answer was essentially no, it is impossible that there is a god. This opinion of a renowned scientist contradicts what people of different cultures have believed down […]

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Halloween or the Hallowed?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on October 24, 2018

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In the excitement of creating elaborate Halloween displays, designing costumes, carving pumpkins, and buying enough candy to last the night, the original meaning of Halloween might be forgotten or overlooked—except at schools where children dress up as saints! Halloween is the eve before the feast of All Saints. Hallowed means holy, as in the Our […]

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Wonderful, Practical Prayer for Life

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on October 17, 2018

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The following prayer is entitled “17th Century Nun’s Prayer” and its source is unknown.  Although it seems intended for nuns, the sound advice it gives in the form of a prayer is applicable to anyone on the face of the earth. See what gems you can cull from it for your own life: Lord, Thou […]

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Words from our Blessed Mother Mary from My Devotional

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on October 10, 2018

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I don’t know about you, but during these past weeks several of my friends have been undergoing severe trials: cancer, car accidents, death of loved ones. Such ordeals shake our faith and we wonder, Why do we suffer? and even, Is there a good God? At our chicken barbecue last month, during a random reading […]

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A Prisoner Convert Who Evangelizes

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on October 3, 2018

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This summer I edited a unique and fascinating book, Thunder in the Cell by John Ballentine. John has been a prisoner for almost thirty years in the Virginia Correctional System because of drugs. During that time, a provocative dream about his mother prompted him to search for God. He began with the World Almanac and […]

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Expressions Rooted in the Bible

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on September 26, 2018

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In talks to religion teachers, I offer reasons to teach Scripture. First and foremost, the Bible is God’s Word to us and he speaks to us personally through it. Second, we come to know Jesus through Scripture. And third, an educated person is expected to know Scripture. (How often “Jeopardy!” as well as crossword puzzle […]

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Strange Origins of Expressions and Customs

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on September 19, 2018

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I’ve always been fascinated by words—a useful trait for a writer. A friend emailed the following roots of common sayings that you might enjoy knowing as I did. Next week I plan to write about sayings that originated in Scripture. There is an old hotel/pub in Marble Arch, London, which used to have a gallows […]

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Kindness Is Contagious

September 12, 2018

Three times this week kindness has been the topic of a homily I heard or a reflection I read. I’m taking this as a sign that I should write about it. Besides, the world sorely needs this virtue today. My community has created the decal pictured here to promote kindness. Aristotle defined kindness: “Helpfulness towards […]

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