Foot Washing: Humble Service

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 10, 2019

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This week a Sister in Africa asked for a copy of the chapter on service from my book Voices: God Speaking in Creation. I realized that the topic is appropriate for my Holy Week blog, so here it is: Towel [He] got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel […]

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A Painting Parable: Beauty Out of a Mess

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 3, 2019

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Years ago when taking a course at our seminary, I met a priest who was an artist. He loaned out his paintings to the priests and seminarians who lived with him there. At the time, Sister Megan, an artist, was my suite mate. I suggested that she loan me one of her paintings. She graciously […]

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Swimming in God, the Omnipresent One

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 27, 2019

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A little boy was afraid to get the broom out of the dark closet for his mom. She assured him, “Don’t be afraid. God is everywhere.” So the little boy cracked open the closet door and called in, “Hey, God, would you hand me the broom?” God is omnipresent. We are never alone because God […]

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The Cross: A Sign of Love

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 20, 2019

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When my niece Lisa was baptized, I gave her a cross necklace. It was a lovely cloisonné cross with a pink rose in the center, but it was still a cross. How curious that an instrument of execution is now a worn as jewelry! (Can you imagine wearing a guillotine or an electric chair?) Moreover, […]

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Thank God You’re You! Loving Yourself

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 13, 2019

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Last year after Mass, someone said, “Come with me. You have to meet Father’s sister. She looks just like you.” Did anyone ever tell you, “You look just like my ________________”?  (Fill in the blank.) Maybe we do have a doppelganger or two. But no one will ever be exactly like us, even if we […]

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The Heart of Jesus, An Immortal Devotion

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 6, 2019

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The heart of Jesus was formed and began beating in the body of a young Jewish girl. It stopped beating about thirty-three years later and was pierced by a soldier’s lance. Ever since, it has been a symbol of the God-Man’s love for the human race, for us. Three recent experiences have renewed my interest […]

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Gratitude and Hope Make for Joy

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 27, 2019

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As little children, after we were given something, we probably heard our parents coax, “What do you say?” We learned the importance of expressing thanks. I’m currently reading a book about growing a grateful heart, which offers some practical ideas. One valuable one is to look for the good when facing adversity. A friend in […]

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Down with Distractions During Prayer

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 20, 2019

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Apparently our brains have more than one track. Maybe as you’re praying the rosary, you’re planning what you’ll have for dinner and before you know it, you’ve prayed the closing prayer. Maybe you’re reading a prayer, like the Divine Office, and your eyes are following the words, but when you’re finished, you don’t know what […]

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Why Our Lady of Lourdes? Prayer and Penance

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 13, 2019

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Today is February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. There are 69 approved miracles of physical healing that occurred at Lourdes, France. (About 7,000 have been submitted.) But perhaps there are many more miracles of spiritual healing resulting from Mary’s visit to Earth back in 1858. I’m willing to bet that almost every […]

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Who Are You? A VIP

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on February 6, 2019

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This past Saturday I gave a Spirit Day retreat to forty-six eighth graders. I told them that I had recently watched the movie “The Lion King” again. In it Simba’s father states this memorable line to his son:  “Remember who you are.”  Simba is from a line of kings who someday will be responsible for […]

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