Catholic Vitamin P: Proverbs

Some of us are full of knowledge. Knowledge can be little more than raw facts or data. But wisdom (which is mentioned often in the Book of Proverbs) is the ability to see history and human experience and the events in our lives in a way that God may see them. There are Proverbs about matters of great importance, and there are Proverbs about everyday situations. There are Proverbs on raising children and about how much alcohol is too much! Proverbs have much to say and share about Wisdom.

Our guest for the Catholic Vitamins Podcast associated with this Blog is Sister Kathleen Glavich. She has written more than sixty books (see bio material and a list of her books below. Anyone who has written sixty or more books is someone well-worth spending time with. We are and have been blessed to get to know Sister Kathleen. She was kind enough to sort of credit us with perhaps a spark of an idea — maybe writing her own book about the Proverbs. Let’s see – – would that be book number sixty four, Sister? 🙂

Please make sure you see further down in this blog page for more information about Sister Glavich.

Ah yes, the wisdom of the Book of Proverbs has much to share with us. And then there are


A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

A buckle is a great addition to an old shoe.

A closed mouth–a wise head

A fool and his money are easily parted.

A good beginning is half the work.

A greyhound finds food in its feet.

A guest should be blind in another man’s house.

A heavy purse makes a light heart.

A little of anything isn’t worth a pin; but a wee bit of sense is worth a lot

If you open your eyes and heart to God’s Holy and Inspired Word as found in the Book of Proverbs — you’ll find the place where the Irish might have gotten the ‘wisdom’ they profess in their proverbs.

How about these:

Proverbs 1:5. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”

Proverbs 1:7. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Proverbs 4:5. “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.”

Proverbs 8:13-14. “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.”

Information and Books by Sister Kathleen Glavich

Main entry to Sister’s website:

                Books by Sister Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND

Available from the publisher, religious bookstores, or her:

(, 216-381-9105, 4237 Bluestone Rd., So. Euclid, OH  44121)

ACTA Publications  (800-397-2282) 4848 No. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640

The Catholic Companion to Jesus, 2010 $15.95

The Catholic Companion to the Psalms, 2008      $10.95

The Catholic Companion to Mary, 2007      $9.95

A Confirmed Catholic’s Companion:  A Guide to Abundant Living, 2005     $9.95

For youth, young adults, RCIA:    Prayers, traditions, trivia, web sites, quotations

The Gift of the Anointing of the Sick, 2006         $4.95

 The Gift of Holy Communion for Parents, 2001            $5.95

The Gift of Reconciliation for Parents, 2002         $5.95

The Gift of Confirmation for Parents, 2004         $5.95

The Gift of Confirmation for Sponsors, 2004         $5.95

Paulist Press (800-218-1903) 997 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ  07430

Prayer-Moments for Every Day of the Year, 2009   $9.95

Catholic School Kids Say the Funniest Things, 2003  (Available from Sister only)

Anecdotes from the classrooms of the Sisters of Notre Dame     $9.95

Blackline master books

The Bible: God’s Love Story, 2007 $15.00

A Pictionary of Lent, 2005 $15.00

God’s Angels: Our Friends, 2005 $15.00

 The Rosary: The Gospel on Beads, 2004 $15.00

Twenty-Third Publications  (800-321-0411) One Montauk Ave., Suite 200,

New London, CT  06320

Time to Say Goodbye: A Grief Workbook for Children, 2011                    $2.50

Prayerbook for First Communion, 2011                                                              $.99

Prayerbook for First Reconciliation, 2011                                                          $.99

For Catechetical Leaders: Teaching Catechists to Pray, 2010                        $19.95

                   (A Companion to The Catholic Way to Pray)

The Catholic Way to Pray: An Essential Guide for Adults, 2009                                $9.95 Introducing Catholic Prayer for RCIA Leaders, 2009                              $19.95

                    (A Companion to The Catholic Way to Pray)

     Leading Young Catholics into Scripture, 2010           $16.95

Prayer First!  A New Agenda for Catholic Schools, 2008           $14.95

A Crash Course in Teaching Religion: Practical Strategies, 2006                            $14.95   

Gospel Theater for the Whole Community, 2006                                       $29.95

Gospel events, miracles, parables in the form of 5-minute plays

Discipline Tips   (Jump Starts for Catechists), 2004   $4.95

Acting Out the Miracles and Parables, 1988   (Available from Sister only)                  $14.95

5-minute plays of Gospel stories; ideas for discussion, staging

Voices:  Messages in Gospel Symbols, 1987   (Available from Sister only)   $5.95

Reflections on various symbols in the Gospels: bread, wood, wine, stone, nets, etc.

Pauline Books and Media  (800-876-4463) 50 St. Paul’s Ave. Boston, MA 02130

Saints for children 10 –15 years old:

    Saint Julie Billiart: The Smiling Saint, 2001(Available from Sister only)   $5.95

    Saint Thérèse of Lisieux:  The Way of Love, 2003                   $5.95

    Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: Missionary of Charity, 2003   $7.95

Loyola Press    (800-621-1008) 3441 Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL  60657

Child’s Bible, 1991    $3.00

Child’s Book of Miracles, 1994                                   $3.00

Child’s Book of Parables, 1994   $3.00

For preschool, primary grade children; simply told stories, beautiful art

Handbook for Catholics, 2009   $3.50

Basics for youth and RCIA:  glossary, prayers, time line, sacraments, rosary, stations

Saints and Feast Days: A Resource and Activity Book, 2004 $24.95

Saints Kit, 1994      189 cards: pictures, stories and activities                    $69.95

Jesus Kit, 1997 $69.95

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