Lent Lessons from a Little Known Woman

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 22, 2017

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Last week I found lessons for us in the life of Zacchaeus. Because I’m so engrossed in the people of the New Testament after writing that book about them, this week I’m reflecting on another one, Salome, to see what she can teach us as we near the season of Lent. Salome was the mother […]

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Up a Tree for Jesus’ Sake

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 15, 2017

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My new book “Bible People for Young People” (“reviewed” at the end of this post) shows Zacchaeus on the cover. I thought I’d draw some lessons today from this man’s story. If you recall, Zacchaeus, who collected taxes for Rome and pocketed some for himself, was possibly the most despised man in Jericho. Perhaps as […]

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The Importance of Using Names

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 8, 2017

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  This week I watched a program in which a woman was asked about a colleague, the actress Barbara Stanwyck. Her response was that Barbara was unusual in that she made a point to learn the names of everyone who was working on producing the movie, not just the cast but the whole crew. By […]

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Praying with Your Feet

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 1, 2017

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As an English major in college, I learned that much literature has a journey motif. Think of The Canterbury Tales where pilgrims are en route to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket and Huck Finn floating on the Mississippi with Jim. Journeys also mark our spiritual history. God sent seventy-five-year-old Abraham from Ur to Canaan […]

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Misleading First Impressions

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 25, 2017

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              Last week I attended the funeral of a little ninety-three-year-old Chinese woman, “Alice.” Long ago I had been introduced to her as the mother of a friend and sized her up as a sweet, gentle lady who probably spent most of her life in the kitchen making beef […]

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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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