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Meditation on a Sinner, Zacchaeus

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on November 18, 2020

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Today’s Gospel was the story of Zacchaeus. It reminded me of the time I led a class of ninth graders through a reflection on it. The next day they surprised me by asking for another prayer like that one. Wow! I saved the reflection, and for what it’s worth I’m presenting it here. It may […]

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Trust in the Time of Pandemic

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 19, 2020

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Some time ago a friend gave me this little bird along with the scripture verse “Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feed them. Are you not you more important than they?” (Matthew 6:26) The bird sits next to my […]

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Heart of Jesus: Sacred and Human

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 10, 2020

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Today I finished writing a book about God’s love for us and our love for God and sent it off to a publisher. In the process I learned a few things. Because we are in the month of June, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, let’s focus on the love of Jesus for us. […]

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Humility: Realizing the Truth about Oneself

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 14, 2019

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No doubt you remember Uriah Heep, the character in Dickens’s novel David Copperfield who kept referring to his “umbleness.” All the while, Mr. Heep was nothing but a scheming hypocrite. His humility was fake, used as a tool to manipulate others into thinking well of him. People who are truly humble are admired. Those who […]

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Meaning of Names and Patron Saints

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 17, 2019

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The other day I told two of our cooks that the saint whose feast day landed on their birthday could be considered their patron saint. One man’s birthday was the feast of St. Basil, which was appropriate for a cook. When I told the other man that his saint was St. Josaphat, he commented, “It […]

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Thoughts on the Palm Sunday Donkey

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on July 4, 2019

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A donkey is a member of the horse family. On the first day of my retreat, we were invited to think about why Jesus chose to ride a donkey into Jerusalem as a prelude to his execution. He could have come like the king he was—riding on a white stallion. The chief reason he came […]

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The Cross: A Sign of Love

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on March 20, 2019

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When my niece Lisa was baptized, I gave her a cross necklace. It was a lovely cloisonné cross with a pink rose in the center, but it was still a cross. How curious that an instrument of execution is now a worn as jewelry! (Can you imagine wearing a guillotine or an electric chair?) Moreover, […]

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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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Christmas Greetings: God’s Love Gift

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on December 26, 2018

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May you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  During these days of Christmas you might ponder this: God so loved me that he sent his only Son so that I may not perish but have eternal life. (adapted from John 3:16) My gift to you … https://binged.it/2EFSIxn  

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Kindness Is Contagious

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on September 12, 2018

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Three times this week kindness has been the topic of a homily I heard or a reflection I read. I’m taking this as a sign that I should write about it. Besides, the world sorely needs this virtue today. My community has created the decal pictured here to promote kindness. Aristotle defined kindness: “Helpfulness towards […]

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