Thanking God for the Miracle of Our Existence

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 19, 2018

Soon we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. Let’s give thanks today for something we seldom reflect on: the miracle of our own existence. I’ll begin by reviewing how you (and I) came to be. (I’m indebted to Fr. William O’Malley’s book The Wow Factor.) The being you are was composed of two components who […]

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All about Woolly Bears

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 12, 2018

Where I live, it’s woolly bear season! Woolly bears (or woolly worms) are those cute little black and orangish-brown striped caterpillars you see crawling around in fall (depending on where you live). Found in the U.S. and southern Canada, wooly bears are really the caterpillar stage of the Isabella tiger moth. Every woolly bear has […]

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The Spirituality of Shredding

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 5, 2018

I’ve been doing a lot of shredding lately. I’m cleaning out some of my storage boxes. I don’t want to leave all this “stuff” for someone else to have to deal with once I’m gone. Most of my boxes are related to my years as a writer. I sold my first article on September 4, […]

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For Halloween: Poems about Candy

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 29, 2018

This week we celebrate Halloween. I feel bad, my dear readers, that I can’t give each of you any real candy for Halloween So I looked around for another “treat” that I might share with you. And I found one! Sister Doreen Strahler, one of our retired sisters, has written a series of poems about candy. […]

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Quotations under “L”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 22, 2018

It’s time to visit my quotation files again. As many of you know, I have a vast collection of quotations that I started collecting when I was a college student. Today my thousands of quotations are on 3 X 5 cards and are stored in seven drawers. Today I thought we would visit the letter […]

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The Shovel

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 15, 2018

Usually I write my reflection first and then pick a song. Today, however, I picked the song and then wrote this reflection. The song is “A Shovel Is a Prayer” by Carrie Newcomer. Before we hear the song, let’s look at the fascinating tool called a shovel. First, a definition. A shovel is a tool […]

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God Leaves the Porch Light on for Us

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 8, 2018

Sometimes there’s a line from a commercial that captures something profound about life. Motel 6’s line from their commercials does that for me. It says, “We’ll leave the light on for ya.” Motel 6 began using the line in 1986. It happened by accident. The advertising agency had asked Tom Bodett, a National Public Radio […]

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Interview with a Vegan

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 1, 2018

One of my good friends, Sister Ann Marie Teder, SND, is a vegan. Recently, she prepared a vegan meal for the two of us: lentil soup, tomato-basil-avocado sandwich, fruit salad, and eggless gingersnap cookies and non-dairy ice cream for dessert. It was delicious! Later, I interviewed her for this reflection. It seemed appropriate to post […]

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A 56-Year-Old Mystery Solved

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 24, 2018

I entered the Sisters of Notre Dame on July 2, 1962. Several weeks before I left home, I received an anonymous letter. It was hand-written and five pages long. The person who wrote it tried to convince me to change my mind about becoming a nun. He/she wrote: “I want you to have my thoughts […]

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The Wildness of God’s Creative Love

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 17, 2018

I am a pretty orderly person. My clothes hang neatly in my closet. My underwear is carefully folded in my dresser drawers. The folders in my file cabinets are clearly labeled. And I clean my rooms on a fairly regular basis. (The operative word there is “fairly.”) But I am no neat freak. In fact, […]

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