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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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How to Beat the Blahs: Banishing Bad Moods

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on June 7, 2017

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On some days we leap out of bed and say, “Good morning, Lord.” On other days we drag ourselves out from under the covers, muttering “Good Lord, it’s morning.” I think it’s a human condition that we encounter stretches in our life’s journey when we don’t feel like doing anything, going anywhere, or talking to […]

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Did Jesus Enjoy Being a Human?

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on August 31, 2016

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According to the Gospels, Jesus was aware of the horrible way his life would end on earth. This might have put a pall on his thirty-three years. He could have spent each day dreading his future. Maybe that is why there is no record of Jesus laughing or even smiling. But when you think about […]

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Happiness Tips for When You’re Blue

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 15, 2015

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On the news this week it was reported that 11% of Americans were on anti-depressants. That’s sad! We were made to be happy, and we wish it for others, saying “Happy Easter, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas.”  Why aren’t so many of us happy? Of course, we can blame the theological reason: original sin that stole […]

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Playfulness, Fun, and Holiness Mix

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 22, 2014

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Did you see the photograph of Pope Francis wearing a red clown nose? He was congratulating newlyweds who were involved in clown ministry. Repeatedly this pope has reminded us that religion is a joyful affair. Being silly and playing pranks are signs of a good heart. At a catechist’s conference, a sales rep came to […]

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Laughter, Jokes, and Joy

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on April 10, 2013

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The Easter season, when we celebrate that God has the last laugh on Satan, is the perfect time to reflect on humor. This gift is unique to human beings. I love a good laugh. Yesterday Sister Sharon, who teaches second grade, said that in class she mentioned Pope Benedict XV. Immediately a little boy’s hand […]

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A Smile: Sign of the Spirit

by Kathleen Glavich, SND on January 23, 2013

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An old riddle asks, “What is the longest word in the dictionary”? In case you don’t remember, the answer is smiles because there is a mile between the beginning and end. I’ve been reflecting on how a smile goes a long way in making a difference in others’ lives and in our own. How uplifting […]

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