“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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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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Some Lessons I’ve Learn while on the Road

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 8, 2014

As most of you know, part of my ministry consists in giving talks and retreats all over the country. Along the way, I’ve learned many things. I’d like to share a few of those lessons with you today.

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Jesus Worked

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 1, 2014

Jesus worked. We learn this from the Gospels. We also learn this from studying the life and society of first Century Palestine. Remembering that Jesus worked is important, for it is one way we (who also have to work for a living) can identify with him. It is also one way he identifies with us! […]

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Translating Scripture–into Our Lives!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 25, 2014

Scripture has a way of becoming overly familiar to us. We hear or read the same words so often, they can lose their transformative power. When this happens to me, I reach for a different translation of the particular passage. Sometimes another translation will provide a fresh new insight into words I have begun to […]

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My Encounter with a Bird Counter

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 18, 2014

I was walking in a park the other day when I ran into “Bill,” a volunteer who counts baby birds in the fourteen bird houses within the park. I’ve met him before. He’s a friendly, cheerful man who can be seen regularly peeking into the birdhouses and then jotting something in a small notebook. I […]

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