Mychal Judge: Franciscan, Priest, First Responder

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 13, 2015

Picture this: a tall fire ladder swaying in the wind with a man perched on top. He clings to the ladder with one hand, and clutches his brown Franciscan habit with the other. He is talking to a man in an open window who is pointing a gun to his wife’s head. She holds their […]

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Easter Quotations

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! My gift for you today are these quotations for Easter. All of them, I believe, give some insight into the great Feast we are celebrating.

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The Last Week of Jesus’ Life

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 30, 2015

What did Jesus do the last week of his life? As we know, the gospels are not a diary of Jesus’ life. So we can’t say for certain what he did on each day leading up to Good Friday. But by piecing together the four gospels, we can come up with a possible scenario. His […]

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Our Marvelous Sense of Smell

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 23, 2015

Our sense of smell is a marvelous gift we sometimes take for granted. Let’s take a few minutes today to reflect on this gift. Some of the information here is from Diane Ackerman’s fascinating book, A Natural History of the Senses.  Our olfactory cells are located in the backmost recesses of our nose. Every breath we […]

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The Woman Caught in Adultery

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 16, 2015

The story of the woman caught in the act of adultery has many facets. Let’s look at a few of them to see what this story might be saying to us today. The setting. Jesus is teaching a crowd in the Temple area when the scribes and Pharisees, part of the religious leadership, bring a woman […]

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A Reflection on Shoes

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 9, 2015

The other day as I was putting on my sneakers, I thought: I wonder who came up with the idea of shoes? So I decided to do a little research. 

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What Is the Body of Christ?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 2, 2015

We Christians often hear the phrase the Body of Christ. But what does that phrase really mean?

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Humor: Just for the Fun of It

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 23, 2015

I know it’s Lent. I know this is a somber season in the liturgical year. But I also know that Jesus said, “When you fast do not look gloomy” (Mt. 6:1). So today’s reflection is dedicated to humor. When I give talks or retreats, I always say: Hang on to your sense of humor. It […]

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Lent: God’s Great Come as You Are Party

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 16, 2015

Someone has said, “God always throws a better party.” I like that. To me it means when things don’t turn out the way I plan or I want them to, then I should hang on! God might be getting ready to throw a different kind of party, and a better one than I could ever come up […]

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For St. Valentine’s Day: A Reflection on Kissing

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 9, 2015

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I am devoting today’s blog to kissing. Let me be clear, as a celibate woman, I am no authority on kissing—at least not the romantic kind. But I have had considerable experience with the other kinds: kisses that show affection, appreciation, friendship, respect, and gratitude.

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