Remember His Pain, Yes, but Remember His Love Even More

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 14, 2014

As Christians, we know at least three things about pain and suffering. First, we know Jesus did not remove pain and suffering from the world. Although he healed many individuals during his public ministry, he actually did not make much of a dent in the massive human suffering that swirled around him. Secondly, as Christians […]

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Jesus Comes as a Thief in the Night

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 7, 2014

Jesus came into the world over 2,000 years ago. Even historians who are not Christian support that claim. But as Christians, we believe Jesus came not only into the world of the historical past; we believe Jesus continues to come into the world of today. And he comes not only into the world in general, […]

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Pope Francis: The First Year

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 31, 2014

Before Pope Francis was elected over a year ago, I wrote a post entitled “What Would You Like to Say to the Next Pope?”  (See archives, February 25, 2013).  In it I expressed several wishes for the next pope. Some of those wishes were fulfilled way beyond my dreams. I’d like to recall a few […]

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To the Birds at My Bird Feeders

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 24, 2014

Come, all ye birds, to my bird feeders! I’ve put out some black-oil sunflower seeds just for you. The kind I know you like.

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Where Is the Kingdom of God?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 17, 2014

Ask  any Christian, “Where is the Kingdom of God?” and you will probably will get a variety of answers. Some might say, “It’s in heaven.” Others might say, “It’s inside of us.” Or, “It’s the Church on earth—at least when the Church is at its best.” Still others might say, “The Kingdom of God is among […]

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Have You Thanked Your Taste Buds Lately?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 10, 2014

Taste buds are a fascinating part of our human anatomy. They are teeny weeny, but when viewed through an electron microscope, they look like “huge volcanoes on Mars” says Diane Ackerman in her book A Natural History of the Senses. 

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This Lent Let’s Expand Our Prepositions

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 3, 2014

When we think of Lent we often think of giving up something: a particular food, a bad habit, some of our hard-earned cash. But this Lent, we might want to consider expanding our prepositions. Along with giving up we might want to consider giving to, giving away, or giving back.  What might we give to this Lent? First we can give time […]

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Amazing “Amazing Grace”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 24, 2014

“Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognizable Christian hymns in the English-speaking world. You probably know the first verse by heart: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.” The story behind the song is amazing […]

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The Miracle of the Ordinary

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 17, 2014

In the liturgical year, we are now in “ordinary time.”  This period of the church year will last until Ash Wednesday (March 5th this year) when the season of Lent begins. The fact that we are in ordinary time got me to thinking about the role of the ordinary in my life.

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“Because I Said I Would”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 10, 2014

Alex Sheen, of Lakewood, Ohio is the 28-year-old founder of Because I Said I Would, a nonprofit organization dedicated “to bettering humanity through the power of a promise.” When his father, 55, died from lung cancer 2 years ago, Sheen reflected on the quality he admired most in his Dad: His father was a man […]

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