Advent

Fear Not!

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 5, 2018

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Fr. Cedric Pisegna, a Passionist priest, posted the following prayer on Facebook recently. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and perhaps as you live through the illness or death of loved ones, you might find the words helpful. “Dear Lord, sometimes I feel like I am imprisoned by my fears. I fear […]

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Be at Peace: God’s in Control

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 28, 2018

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The photo of the sunrise here was one I took from the balcony of my new apartment. The following reflection that came with the Daily Gospel email for Thanksgiving reminded me of it. (I subscribed to dailygospel.org.) May the Saint’s words touch your heart somehow. Saint Raphael Arnaiz Baron (1911-1938) Spanish Trappist monk Spiritual writings, […]

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Advent Is Coming!

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 21, 2018

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Our Blessed Mother is an ideal companion as we live through the days of Advent, which this year begins Sunday, December 2. For four weeks we wait for her Son, but Mary waited for nine months! Imagine what that time must have been like for her. She had never been a mother before, and hers […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protector of the Unborn

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 13, 2017

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In honor of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I’m reprising a post about her story. This should be of interest to all because under this title, the Blessed Mother is the patroness of the Americas, both North and South. In addition, she is relevant today when abortion is an acceptable practice, for Mary […]

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Christ “Advents” in People

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 29, 2017

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Recently I came across this suggestion in a devotional book:  “For the next thirty days, treat everyone you encounter as the most important person in the world.” Now that is quite a challenge. This activity ties in with our Advent season in which we focus on the comings of Christ. As our Sunday readings remind […]

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A Meaning-full Advent

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 8, 2017

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We are on the verge of Advent, four weeks that tend to be a flurry of activity in preparation for Christmas. This week Jen Deshpande, who is on the parish staff of St. Dominic, wrote a reflection for our parish email that I needed to hear and thought you might too. She allowed me to […]

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Advent: Jesus Coming in Mystery Now, Today!

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 7, 2016

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Advent readings at Mass focus us on the coming of Jesus in Majesty at the end of time, while Christmas decorations recall his coming in History in Bethlehem, but his third coming that we commemorate during Advent is his coming in Mystery. This coming gets pushed aside. Let’s think about it, for it is the […]

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Ideas for Observing Advent

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 30, 2016

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We are in the first week of Advent. Already! The word advent means “coming,” and during Advent we reflect on and prepare for the three comings of Christ: in history in Bethlehem, in mystery every day in the Eucharist and in others, and in majesty at the end of time. While engaged in the flurry […]

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St. Nicholas aka Santa Claus in the Year of Mercy

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 9, 2015

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On December 6 we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, when I hold my annual party for local convents in the tradition of my religious community. We inherited this celebration from the Sisters in Holland who helped form us German Sisters of Notre Dame. The feast entails gingerbread bishops, apple tarts, oranges, popcorn balls, bags […]

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Watch and Wait in Advent

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 2, 2015

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On Black Friday I ventured out to find a new watch and immediately located the right one. However, it needed two links removed in order to fit. “Just a minute,” the clerk said as she tinkered with the links. She continued to say that for over an hour. At one point I volunteered to try […]

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