Do You Need to Give Yourself a “Time Out”?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 17, 2014

At our family gathering, little Aaron, 2 1/2, was acting up. His parents told him to settle down or he would get a “time out.” Aaron didn’t settle down. So his father unceremoniously picked him up and carried him down the hall to his bedroom. He deposited him inside, said a few words to him, […]

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The Choices We Make

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 10, 2014

Choices. We make them every day. What will I wear today? What will I have for breakfast? How will I use my time today? Whom will I befriend? What career will I choose? Whom shall I marry? Some choices are minor. But others have serious consequences and far-reaching ramifications. Here is a little poem I […]

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November: Remembering All Saints and All Souls

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 3, 2014

The month of November begins with two important feasts: All Saints and All Souls. On these days we remember in prayer those individuals who, though not formally canonized, led exemplary lives. We remember those individuals who, though not perfect, inspired us by their lives. We remember parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and […]

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Autumn: The Season of Letting Go

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 27, 2014

It is autumn where I live—here in the northern hemisphere. As the earth gradually tilts away from the sun, the change around us is quite dramatic: the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are going down, and (most amazing of all) the leaves have turned bright colors and are falling from our trees. Autumn is […]

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“I Was in Prison and You Visited Me”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 20, 2014

Today I’m taking you to a place you may not want to go: inside a prison. Why am I doing this? Because Jesus told us we could find him there. In his parable of the Final Judgment (Mt. 25:31-46) he lists some specific places we can find him and some specific acts we can do to […]

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Stance

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 13, 2014

Years ago I taught at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC. At that time the school had some great basketball teams. I figured if I was going to relate to my students, I’d better brush up on the game of basketball So I asked one of my students to recommend a good book on […]

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Why I Like “The Piano Guys”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 6, 2014

Have you ever seen someone sky diving with a cello? Have you ever seen someone playing a piano or cello while sitting atop a mesa in the middle of a desert or while sitting in the surf at the edge of the ocean? If you haven’t, then it’s time for you to meet “The Piano […]

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Kindness Is Everything

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 29, 2014

Sometimes I think kindness is everything. Now some people might disagree with me and argue that love is everything. Maybe so. But even St. Paul, in his great “Hymn to Charity,” tells the Corinthians that “love is kind” (1 Cor. 13:4).

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Spiritual Advice from Ostriches, Boabab Trees, and Dung Beetles

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 22, 2014

Sister Janice McLaughlin, a Maryknoll Sister who lived and worked in Africa for thirty-five years, has written a charming book entitled Ostriches, Dung Beetles, and Other Spiritual Masters. During her time in Africa, Sr. Janice  “reveled in the breathtaking beauty of the African continent.” She was fascinated especially with its vast array of wildlife. Over the years, […]

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The Ten Commandments: WHY Do We Keep Them?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 15, 2014

Many of us memorized the 10 Commandments as children. In case your memory is a little fuzzy, here are the 10 Commandments in the traditional catechism formula. (For the fun of it, you might want to see if you can recite them before you read them below):

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