What’s a Sister or Nun Today?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 9, 2017

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Yesterday about four hundred people gathered in our provincial house chapel to witness the final, perpetual vows of Sister Mary Kelley Rush. It was a glorious (and long) celebration of Mass. Today when religious Sisters are few and far between some people, even Catholics, don’t know one. Neither do they know about Sisters. Several times […]

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Charity by Accepting Charity

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 2, 2017

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Did you ever offer to help someone who firmly rejected your offer to help?  If so, how did you feel?  Conversely, how did you feel when you were able to be of assistance to someone?  Maybe you helped a person carry a load or cook a meal or drive somewhere. No doubt this act of […]

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What Kind of Pearls Do You Search For?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 26, 2017

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As a child, I wore necklaces made of pop beads, which resembled pearls but were plastic.  Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a real pearl—so valuable that a man trades everything he owns to possess it. This is an apt comparison. Pearls were expensive. Most of them came from the Persian Gulf, where men […]

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How to Find Lost Things and St. Anthony’s Help

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 19, 2017

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A picture appeared on Facebook showing St. Anthony of Padua saying “Seriously? You lost them again?” As the patron of lost things, this saint is possibly the one most prayed to other than our Blessed Mother. How did he acquire this reputation? According to a legend, St. Anthony, as the novice director for the Franciscans, […]

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Jumpstarting Your Prayer Life

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 12, 2017

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This chapter (abridged) called “Priming the Pump” from my book “Praying on Empty” was reprinted in a daily devotional . . .  Grant, O our God, that we may know you, love you, and rejoice in you; and if in this life we cannot do these things fully, grant that we may at the least […]

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Trusting in the Lord for Miracles

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 5, 2017

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Saturday’s first reading at Mass included the angel’s words to Abraham about Sarah becoming pregnant at the age of ninety: “Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?” This is echoed by the angel Gabriel when he tells Mary that the elderly Elizabeth will bear a son: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” […]

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Who Is Jesus in the Gospel of John?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 28, 2017

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I’ve just completed a week-long retreat on the Gospel of St. John packed with insights about this “maverick” account of the life of Jesus. I thought I’d share some of what I gleaned from the conferences. As background, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were composed rather early. John’s Gospel took shape much later […]

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What Is After Death? Heaven? Hell? Oblivion?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 21, 2017

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Currently I’m working on a chapter about the afterlife. We people engrossed in the demands of this present life don’t tend to think about this topic until we come to a landmark birthday, someone we know dies, or a movie like The Mummy is released.  Then we wonder, Is this all there is? We Catholics […]

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What Is the Eucharist? Where We Feast on God Together

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 14, 2017

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In view of Sunday’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), an excerpt from my upcoming book, “I am going . . .” Reflections on the Last Words of the Saints is fitting: A teacher was taking her little ones to chapel to visit Jesus. As they passed classrooms, she […]

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Announcement

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 7, 2017

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Would your group like a speaker on prayer? Are you planning an Advent retreat? Contact me at kglavich@ndec.org.  

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