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Meaning of Names and Patron Saints

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 17, 2019

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The other day I told two of our cooks that the saint whose feast day landed on their birthday could be considered their patron saint. One man’s birthday was the feast of St. Basil, which was appropriate for a cook. When I told the other man that his saint was St. Josaphat, he commented, “It […]

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Wonder and Astonishment at the World

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 10, 2019

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Last week I wrote a blog about donkeys. “Coincidentally” while doing spiritual reading this week, I came across a reference to Nikos Kaszantkis’s novel Zorba the Greek: One day Zorba was riding on a donkey with his boss. As they met a traveler on another ass, Zorba’s eyes were transfixed on the stranger. Chided for […]

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Thoughts on the Palm Sunday Donkey

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 4, 2019

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A donkey is a member of the horse family. On the first day of my retreat, we were invited to think about why Jesus chose to ride a donkey into Jerusalem as a prelude to his execution. He could have come like the king he was—riding on a white stallion. The chief reason he came […]

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Review for Retreat Plus a PS

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 26, 2019

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I am on retreat this week. Please select a previous post that piques your interest!  Back next week after praying for the world.  But … To continue my coincidences from last week:  Yesterday I was playing the piano in our Village when a woman, a widow, walked by and asked, “Did you just play ‘Ah, […]

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Coincidence, Synchronicity, or God?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 19, 2019

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The other day when I went to the supermarket, I realized that I had forgotten my bag and would therefore contribute to the enormous amount of plastic polluting our world. Dismayed, I entered the store and grabbed the first shopping cart there. Lo and behold, in it was a large bag neatly folded up, which […]

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Failure: God’s Ways Not Our Ways

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 12, 2019

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Last week I was in a piano recital of classical music at the Village where I live. Not having played seriously for years, I practiced furiously for weeks, recapturing skills I had in the eighth grade. Only two of us Villagers volunteered to play for the two-hour event, so in the end “outsiders” were invited—accomplished […]

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The Holy Spirit, Our Invisible Friend

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 5, 2019

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During these days of Pentecost, I am researching the Holy Spirit.  Last year a parishioner asked me  to write a book on this “forgotten member” of the Trinity. He said he didn’t understand this Third Person who is so nebulous. So in the process of preparing the book, I’m learning a great deal. Remember when […]

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Easter and Eternal Life

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on May 29, 2019

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Time seems to go faster every year. Someone pointed out that on June 21, daylight begins decreasing again! Easter season is already drawing to a close. Here are some parting words for it that may encourage people, in particular anyone who is undergoing a hardship now or suffering the loss of a loved one. Life […]

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When in Need Our Mother Mary Can Help

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on May 22, 2019

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Today I have a special need that is high on my worry list.  To my surprise, this morning the page in my book Heart to Heart with Mary spoke to me. (Yes, I’m using my own devotional every day! And I don’t even remember writing the reflections.)  In case you are faced with a problem […]

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Praying with the Senses a la St. Ignatius

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on May 15, 2019

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When I give talks on the Bible or on prayer, I usually encourage people to try praying with all five senses. St. Ignatius recommended this way of bringing the Gospel stories to life and using them as a springboard for prayer. As an example, I unpack the story of the healing of Bartimaeus from Mark […]

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