death

Easter and Eternal Life

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on May 29, 2019

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Time seems to go faster every year. Someone pointed out that on June 21, daylight begins decreasing again! Easter season is already drawing to a close. Here are some parting words for it that may encourage people, in particular anyone who is undergoing a hardship now or suffering the loss of a loved one. Life […]

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The Dying Words of Saints

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on September 13, 2017

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My newest book is out: “I Am Going . . . : Reflections on the Last Words of the Saints” (89 of them!) published by ACTA Publications.  It has lovely full-page portraits of 14 of these saints. I thought you might enjoy reading the introduction . . . and be interested enough to purchase the […]

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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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Death, Be Not Proud!

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 5, 2017

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As we approach Holy Week, I though it would be good to reprise an earlier post with a few additions . . . My theology class at Cleveland Central Catholic was on the fifth floor of St. Michael School. One topic was death and dying. As one student entered the room, he commented, “Sister, do […]

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Dying to Rise: Reflections

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 1, 2015

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My weekly post straddles Holy Week and Easter Week, so I pondered whether to focus on the passion and death of Jesus or his resurrection. Then it occurred to me that I should cover both. After all, these paschal mysteries are intimately related. It was only by suffering and dying that Jesus was able to […]

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Mindful of Our Deceased Loved Ones

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on October 29, 2014

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At our parish in November, the month of the poor souls, we write the names of deceased loved ones in a book. This year there is a new twist. Our pastor invited us to bring pictures of our departed relatives and place them on the window sills of the church. The pictures will surround us, […]

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Malaysian Plane, a Double Mystery

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 9, 2014

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So far no one on earth can explain what happened to the Malaysian plane that disappeared somewhere over the ocean. This horrifying occurrence may forever remain a mystery. The shocking, sudden deaths of 239 people poses a greater mystery: why would God allow this to happen? I’m writing this on the feastday of St. Julie […]

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Death and Eternal Life, a reflection

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 13, 2013

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This morning my mother died after a long life. As someone pointed out, most of her life is still ahead of her! When I send a sympathy card, I insert a reflection on death. Today I am posting it for you…and for me, as a reminder: Life Is Eternal I am standing upon the seashore. […]

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Easter Eggs’ Lesson on Life and Death

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 27, 2013

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Three Easter memories: Every Easter my mom melted beeswax in a coffee can lid and using a pin stuck in the end of a matchstick painted graceful patterns on eggs. The eggs emerged from a bath in Chick-Chick dye vividly colored. These eggs were robbed of their chance to bring forth chicks. Instead they became […]

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Surprise: New Life

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 22, 2012

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Last week the lawn where I live was brown with bald patches. When Jim came to mow it, I ran out and asked, “Why are you doing this?” He assured me that after a rain the grass would spring up again. Looking at the ugly dead lawns all down the street, I doubted him. But […]

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