Learning to Embrace Plan B

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 10, 2018

When I plan to go out with a friend, we usually mark two dates on our calendars. That way, if something unexpected comes up, we have a back-up date already on our calendars. I learned long ago, that when making plans, it’s always good to have a Plan B, just in case something makes Plan […]

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Advent Reflection: Love as Free Self-giving

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 3, 2018

We use the word love frequently in our lives. We say we love our spouse, our children, and even God. But we also say we love our pets, pizza, Lady Gaga, and our favorite sports team. Obviously, the word love doesn’t always mean the same thing. As we begin the Advent season, let us reflect […]

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What Constitutes Our True Wealth?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 26, 2018

The familiar ad asks, “What’s in your wallet?” A better question to ask is this: “What constitutes your true wealth—on a personal and a communal level?” Scott Russell Sanders, distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, has written an article that explores that question. The article, “An Economy of False Profits,” appeared in the […]

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Thanking God for the Miracle of Our Existence

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 19, 2018

Soon we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. Let’s give thanks today for something we seldom reflect on: the miracle of our own existence. I’ll begin by reviewing how you (and I) came to be. (I’m indebted to Fr. William O’Malley’s book The Wow Factor.) The being you are was composed of two components who […]

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All about Woolly Bears

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 12, 2018

Where I live, it’s woolly bear season! Woolly bears (or woolly worms) are those cute little black and orangish-brown striped caterpillars you see crawling around in fall (depending on where you live). Found in the U.S. and southern Canada, wooly bears are really the caterpillar stage of the Isabella tiger moth. Every woolly bear has […]

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The Spirituality of Shredding

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 5, 2018

I’ve been doing a lot of shredding lately. I’m cleaning out some of my storage boxes. I don’t want to leave all this “stuff” for someone else to have to deal with once I’m gone. Most of my boxes are related to my years as a writer. I sold my first article on September 4, […]

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For Halloween: Poems about Candy

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 29, 2018

This week we celebrate Halloween. I feel bad, my dear readers, that I can’t give each of you any real candy for Halloween So I looked around for another “treat” that I might share with you. And I found one! Sister Doreen Strahler, one of our retired sisters, has written a series of poems about candy. […]

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Quotations under “L”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 22, 2018

It’s time to visit my quotation files again. As many of you know, I have a vast collection of quotations that I started collecting when I was a college student. Today my thousands of quotations are on 3 X 5 cards and are stored in seven drawers. Today I thought we would visit the letter […]

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The Shovel

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 15, 2018

Usually I write my reflection first and then pick a song. Today, however, I picked the song and then wrote this reflection. The song is “A Shovel Is a Prayer” by Carrie Newcomer. Before we hear the song, let’s look at the fascinating tool called a shovel. First, a definition. A shovel is a tool […]

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God Leaves the Porch Light on for Us

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 8, 2018

Sometimes there’s a line from a commercial that captures something profound about life. Motel 6’s line from their commercials does that for me. It says, “We’ll leave the light on for ya.” Motel 6 began using the line in 1986. It happened by accident. The advertising agency had asked Tom Bodett, a National Public Radio […]

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