The Story of Pentecost: Three Aspects to Ponder

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 18, 2015

Next Sunday is the feast of Pentecost. When I read the story of the first Pentecost in Acts 2, several aspects of the story strike me. Here are three of them.

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Joy

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 11, 2015

Pope Francis’ first encyclical was published in 2013. It was entitled The Joy of the Gospel or Evangelii Guadium in Latin. I’d like to share a few thoughts with you from this papal letter.

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Five Myths about Worry

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 4, 2015

What are you worried about? Notice, my question assumes you are worried about something. Maybe it’s something big and important. Or maybe it’s something small and insignificant. Maybe you worry a lot. Or perhaps you worry hardly at all, yet you still have this uneasy feeling about something…

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Happy 25th Birthday, Hubble Telescope!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 27, 2015

On April 24, 1990 the Hubble Telescope was launched into orbit by NASA aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Named after Edwin Hubble (a renowned American astronomer), this amazing telescope has transformed what we know about outer space. Since it began orbiting the earth, it has continuously sent back pictures of our universe that can only […]

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April is National Poetry Month

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 20, 2015

April is national poetry month in the U.S. Started in 1996, it is (according to my local library) “the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.”

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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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