Three Mothers of Three Saints

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 2, 2016

Every Mother’s Day we honor mothers for their selfless devotion to their children. This Mother’s Day let’s look at three mothers who share one thing in common: they were all mothers of saints. 

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Can Doubts Be Good for Our Faith?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 25, 2016

I used to think that doubts were incompatible with religious faith. If you really believed, you wouldn’t have any doubts. Over the years I’ve come to learn that doubts are not only compatible with faith, they can be good for our faith. Let me explain.

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Whatever Happened to…?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 18, 2016

I have seen many changes in my lifetime. Some of these changes I applaud. But others I lament. Here are a few changes I lament–or at least I wonder about.

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Zen 101

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 11, 2016

One of the highlights of my month-long stay in South Korea in 2004 was my visit to a Buddhist seminary. I went with about 35 other Sisters of Notre Dame from all over the world. The seminary was in a remote area, nestled among the Korean mountains. 

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For Spring: A True Story about a Chicken

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 4, 2016

It’s spring in the northern hemisphere where I live. In honor of the season, I’d like to tell you a true story about a chicken.

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Fear and Peace at Easter

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 28, 2016

As I read the accounts of the Easter story, two words jump out at me: fear and peace. Let’s reflect on the role of fear and peace in the Resurrection story and in our spiritual life.

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Eucharist as Gathering, Listening, and Loving

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 21, 2016

At the last supper, Jesus took the bread and wine and said these sacred words: “This is my body… This is my blood… Do this in memory of me.” Let us take a few minutes today to reflect on the beautiful gift of the Eucharist. We will do so under these three aspects: Gathering, Listening, […]

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Rocking Chair Prayer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 14, 2016

In my retreat ministry I travel all over the country. Frequently I’m in airports. A few years ago I began to notice something unusual in airports: rocking chairs! Not just one or two, but sometimes dozens of rocking chairs all in a row. Most of the rockers are painted white, but some are mellow brown […]

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What’s Trending?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 7, 2016

Every now and then I like to check out what’s trending in the world. I often consult the findings of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. This organization is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that conducts surveys of all kinds and provides information on public opinion, social issues, and current trends in the U.S. and […]

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Give Yourself a Ticket…and an Ice Cream Cone

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 29, 2016

Sgt. Steven Rogers of New Jersey is an honest cop. One day he spotted a woman struggling with some packages. He pulled over to the side of the street, parked his car, and went to help her. Then forgetting about his car, he went to a nearby diner for lunch. While there he was notified […]

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