The Story of Tea

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 19, 2018

The other afternoon, I made myself a cup of hot tea. As I poured the boiling water into the cup with the tea bag, I thought: “I bet tea has a fascinating history.” So I did a little reading and came up with this. Legend says that tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by a […]

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Jesus: “Tender, Luminous, Demanding”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 12, 2018

In her poem “Maybe,” Mary Oliver speaks of Jesus calming the storm at sea. She uses three words to describe him: tender, luminous, and demanding. I was intrigued by her word choice. As I reflected on what these words could mean, I came up with this: Jesus was tender. Who could deny that? Even a […]

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A Little Humor… Again

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 5, 2018

Several times a year I like to pass on a few jokes to you. Some of the following are from The Ultimate Guide to Good Clean Humor by Bernard Brunsting. I hope some of these make you laugh or smile—or even groan. Remember: We are always close to God when we laugh! Children being children: […]

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Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce People

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 29, 2018

I just finished reading a beautiful though immensely sad book, Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce by Kent Nerburn. The book covers a pivotal time in U.S. history. In the 1800’s, hordes of pioneers were pushing westward and settling on land already inhabited for centuries by Native Americans. One of those tribes […]

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The Lesson of the Afghan

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 22, 2018

It is 5:30 in the morning. And here I sit in my bedroom praying. Suddenly I feel chilly. So I get up and grab the afghan from the foot of my bed. It is the one my mother crocheted for me years ago. And it is beautiful. It is a herringbone pattern in bright yellow, […]

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Celebrating the Precious Gift of Life

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 15, 2018

On Monday, January 15, we Americans pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who gave his life working for the equality of all peoples. Friday, January 19 is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Both days celebrate the precious gift of life. Here are two true stories that also speak of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about My Blog

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 8, 2018

Today I am responding to some questions people ask me about my blog: How did you start writing your blog? My friend and colleague, Sister Susan Wolf, SND, suggested I start writing a blog. She encouraged several other Notre Dames to do it too. Learning to post a blog was a big learning curve for […]

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Incredible Goodness from Horrific Evil

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 1, 2018

Sometimes incredible goodness comes from horrific evil. This true story from Brian Doyle’s book, Eight Whopping Lies, illustrates this important truth. On the morning of September 11, 2001, 83 employees of the investment firm Sandler O’Neill & Partners were working in their company’s office on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower. […]

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My Christmas Card to You

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 25, 2017

Dear Readers All, Here is my Christmas card to you. It is “Angels We Have Heard on High” by “The Piano Guys.” This is a group of four (sometimes five) men from Utah who use the piano (and other instruments) in creative and lovely ways. In this video four of them play the same piano […]

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A Christmas Reflection: All Was not Calm, All Was not Bright

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 18, 2017

At Christmas time, we sing the beautiful hymn, “Silent Night.” In it we say, “All is calm, all is bright.” But if we read the story of the first Christmas, we will see that all was not calm, all was not bright. All was not calm. When the angel Gabriel appears to Mary, what is […]

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