Father Theodore Hesburgh: Priest, Educator, Citizen of the World

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 3, 2015

When many people hear the name Father Hesburgh they immediately think of the University of Notre Dame. After all, he served as president there from 1952 to 1987, one of the longest and most remarkable tenures in American higher education. But he was so much more than a long-lasting university president. He was a man […]

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Celebrating My Golden Jubilee

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 27, 2015

As you probably know, this year I am celebrating my 50th anniversary of pronouncing my vows as a Sister of Notre Dame. I use the present tense (I am celebrating) rather than the past tense (I have celebrated) because I plan to celebrate this event for the full 365 days. Today I’d like to share […]

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Slow TV

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 20, 2015

There is a new media phenomenon sweeping across the globe. Or should I say, it is inching its way across the globe. It is called Slow TV.

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A Few Thoughts about Time

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 6, 2015

Do you wear a watch? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Two Mothers-in-Law in Scripture

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 29, 2015

Being a nun, I’ve never had a mother-in-law. So I’ve never experienced firsthand the joys and challenges of such a relationship. But I have heard many mother-in-law jokes. And I have read about two mothers-in-law in scripture. In the jokes, the mother-in-law often fares badly. But in the two examples in the Bible, the mothers-in-law […]

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The Gift of Flowers

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 22, 2015

At this time of the year, our convent yard here in Chardon is graced with many flowers. In spring we said, “Hello again!” to our purple lilacs and white lilies-of-the-valley. Then we welcomed our azeleas, roses, and wachmacallits. (I use that term affectionately for flowers I cannot name.) Right now as I write this the […]

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Wendell Berry: Writer, Environmentalist, Farmer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 15, 2015

Recently a participant at one of my presentations gave me the book, A Timbered Choir, by Wendell Berry. The book, a collection of some of his poetry, reawakened my interest in this prolific American writer.

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The Poetry of Trees

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 8, 2015

The poet Joyce Kilmer wrote: “I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree.” Let’s take a few moments today to reflect on the wonder, beauty, and poetry of trees.

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My Quotation Collection

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 1, 2015

When I was in high school, I began collecting quotations: A line from a poem, a proverb I chanced upon, something I read in a book. I dutifully copied them into a small notebook and took joy in reading them from time to time.

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Remembering the Nazi Concentration Camps

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 25, 2015

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by American and Soviet forces. It is a fitting time to reflect on this horrific chapter in our human history. Why dwell on something so gruesome? One reason is this: So that the phrase “never again” may become part of our […]

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