Let’s Fast and Feast for Lent

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 8, 2016

When we think of Lent, we probably think of fasting—especially fasting from food. But recently I saw a little prayer that encouraged us to both fast and feast for Lent. With that thought in mind, here are a few things we might want to fast from and some things we might want to feast on for Lent.

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Things that Last

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 1, 2016

The other morning before I crawled out of bed, I checked the time on my small clock radio. As I did, I found myself asking, “How old is this clock anyway?” I remember buying it when I moved to Detroit. That was in 1993. So that clock has been keeping time, playing music, and waking […]

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The Miracle of Sight

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 25, 2016

Recently I went for my regular eye checkup. As I waited for the doctor in the examining room, I looked at some of the diagrams of the human eye that were posted on the walls. I thought: “I must write a reflection on eyes someday for my blog.” Here is that reflection.

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The Canaanite Woman: She Wouldn’t Take No for an Answer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 18, 2016

Jesus was exhausted. He needed a break from all the preaching, the healing, the crowds. He had to get away. So he “withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.” (It’s all there in Mt. 15:21-28.) The place was non-Jewish. More than that, it was peopled by Syrophoenicians or Canaanites who at one time had fought […]

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Why I Like to Write

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 11, 2016

I have always liked to write. In fact, I wrote my first “novel” in third grade—in a big red tablet with yellow paper. My “book,” called Sugar, was about four pages long. It was the story of a little girl my age who wanted a pony (Sugar) with all her heart. When she asked her father if […]

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Dorothy Day: Her Life Was a Living Parable

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 4, 2016

In his address to the U.S. Congress last September, Pope Francis referred to four exemplary Americans. One of them was Dorothy Day. Currently she is up for canonization, something that at one time would have seemed impossible. After all, Dorothy lived with a man out of wedlock, had an abortion, drank a lot, was labeled […]

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25 Proverbs for the New Year

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 28, 2015

I love proverbs, those pithy little sayings filled with advice about how to live life well. Why do I like them? They’re short. They’re wise. And their advice often comes wrapped in a concrete image. Today I’d like to share some proverbs with you. Some of them are ancient. Others are modern. Some have a known […]

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Christmas: Celebrating the Greatest Border Crossing of All

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 21, 2015

In 2002 I attended a month-long conference in Korea with about 30 other Sisters of Notre Dame from all over the world. While there I had the opportunity to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 155-mile border between North and South Korea.

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And Jesus Said, “Once Upon a Time…”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 14, 2015

When Jesus taught, he didn’t speak in outlines. He didn’t say, “There are four kinds of humility.” Or, “Prayer has three parts.” Or, “Here are ten keys to success.” No, he taught by saying, “Once upon a time.” He said, “Once upon a time there was a man who had two sons…” And “Once upon […]

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Let’s Thank Our Altar Servers

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 7, 2015

If you attend Mass regularly, you are familiar with altar servers, those individuals (often children and teenagers, but sometimes adults) who assist the priest with the liturgy. They perform a wonderful service, yet sometimes we take them for granted. In today’s post, I’d like to give a little history of altar servers—including the practice of […]

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