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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Holy Boldness, a Grace from the Holy Spirit

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 30, 2019

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As I was contemplating making holy boldness the topic of this post, surfing TV channels took me to a preacher who was speaking on— guess what? holy boldness! Talk about affirmation. Perhaps someone (maybe me) needs to be encouraged to practice this virtue. Holy boldness is the courage to do something daring for God’s sake, […]

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Kindness and Mercy When Speaking: Practical Wisdom

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 23, 2019

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Scripture dictates a few rules about speaking. On Sinai, God gave two commandments regarding words: We are not to take the name of God in vain and we are not to bear false witness. Jesus says we are not to make oaths to attest to the truth of what we are saying but to let […]

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Religions in Search of Truth

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 16, 2019

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If you’re like me, some nights before you drift off to sleep you ponder questions like is there a God, is there really an afterlife, why do we suffer, and how did creation begin. These questions have engaged and intrigued people of all times and places. Different faith traditions have wrestled with them and ventured […]

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Self-Acceptance and Persistence

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 9, 2019

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By now many of us have probably slipped up on keeping our New Year’s resolutions. This is discouraging and our self-esteem deflates. It’s difficult to be persistent.  We might want to throw up our hands and quit.  But it’s much better to start anew.  For me, working crossword puzzles is a good analogy.  Sometimes when […]

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Announcement

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 3, 2019

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My latest book:  “The Walking Love of God: St. Julie Billiart” Stay cool as temperatures approach or pass 100 degrees!  

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The Beauty of God

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 2, 2019

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In this Christmas season, we can’t help but be stunned by beautiful scenes: a church festooned with poinsettias and garlands, snow-covered mountains and frosted trees, a starlit sky, a dance in the Nutcracker, the faces of small children aglow with joy. We are programmed to thrill at beautiful sights. We take photos of them to […]

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