Christmas

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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About Prayer: A Video Christmas Gift

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 20, 2017

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Here is a Christmas gift for you!  My nephew Andy videotaped my presentation on prayer that I gave at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst library on December 1.  If you have time, you might enjoy watching it. Before I began, I asked the audience to state their name and their favorite prayer or favorite way of praying. […]

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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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Symbolism in Christmas Customs

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 14, 2016

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As I researched Christmas customs recently, I discovered the meaning behind some of them that many people, even Christians, are probably not aware of. I found the symbolism interesting. Maybe you will too. Christmas  The name for this feast comes from “Christ Mass” because Mass was celebrated in honor of the birth of Christ. 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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Christmas Cards: A Chore or a Chance

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 16, 2015

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A friend of mine spends Christmas Day writing her cards. For one thing, this spares her from re-mailing cards to people who have moved. Another friend sends his cards in July. That way his card gets more attention and also reminds people of the Savior in the summer. Whether you purchase Christmas cards  or create […]

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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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The Meaning of the Christmas Manger

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 24, 2014

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To celebrate Christmas, here are excerpts from the chapter “Manger” in my first published (and now out of print, alas) book Voices: Messages in Gospel Symbols. Jesus could have been born at home in Nazareth and placed in a wooden crib fashioned by his carpenter-father, Joseph. Instead, because he makes his appearance while his mother […]

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Christmas, Love Made Flesh

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 25, 2013

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Someone gave me a “Christmas card” that showed the billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Pointing to one tiny dot was an arrow labelled, “You are here.” Pondering this picture makes me dizzy! It emphasizes the puniness of our planet in the context of the immensity of the universe. How astounding that God […]

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Stars Above! Christmas Lights.

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 19, 2012

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Last Thursday night I ventured out into the cold to view the meteor shower. During the half hour I spent with eyes glued to the sky I sighted two shooting stars. Then I went inside and saw one more on the Internet, thanks to the live camera NASA had set up in Alabama. I’m glad […]

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