Is News Bad or Good for Us?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 26, 2015

I came across an essay in The Guardian the other day that piqued my interest. The Guardian is a British newspaper that identifies itself with “social liberalism.” The essay was entitled “News Is Bad for You” and it was written by Rolf Dobelli, who is described in Wikipedia as a “Swiss novelist, thinker, entrepreneur, and student of the social […]

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Daffodils and the Incarnation

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 19, 2015

When we hear the word Incarnation, many of us probably think: That’s the moment Mary conceived Jesus in her womb. This leads us to think of the Incarnation as an event that happened once, over 2,000 years ago, in a country far away from most of us. God became a human being, lived, taught, died, […]

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Sitting in the Bleachers with Cody

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 12, 2015

Here I am on a Sunday afternoon sitting in the bleachers next to Cody, my grandnephew, a sixth grader. We are watching his fifth grade brother, Drew, play basketball.

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Why I Became a Nun

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 5, 2015

Pope Francis has declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life. Consecrated Life essentially  includes individuals who have professed the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They can be priests, sisters (nuns), or brothers. To mark this year, I will write a few posts on several aspects of consecrated life. I begin today with a rather […]

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Wishes for the New Year

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 29, 2014

Here are my wishes for you for the New Year:

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Christmas and the School Crossing Guard

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 22, 2014

Every Christmas I recall a certain school crossing guard I saw years ago when I was living in Detroit, Michigan. I never met her personally, but I saw her almost every day as she ushered the children safely across the street at a local Catholic elementary school. I remember in particular an incident that occurred about […]

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St. John the Baptist

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 15, 2014

Traditionally the main figures for the season of Advent include Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist. I’ve written about Mary several times on this blog. And last Advent I wrote about St. Joseph. (You can find it by typing St. Joseph under search in the lower right.) This year I’d like to say a few […]

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The Snowflake: Winter’s Little Masterpiece

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 8, 2014

It’s winter where I live. Already we’ve had some substantial snows. Whenever I walk through snow or gaze at mounds of snow piled high near driveways and parking lots, I always remember: “It’s nothing more than flakes! Millions and millions and millions of tiny, little snowflakes!”

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Advent Reflection: Jesus Shows Us the Way

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 30, 2014

Several weeks ago I drove to Our Lady of the Pines retreat center in Fremont, Ohio to give a talk. Before I left, I googled the directions and saw that the center was about 120 miles from me via the Ohio Turnpike. I had no problem with the directions until I got into Fremont itself. […]

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Thanksgiving: Taking Nothing for Granted

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 24, 2014

I was touring Arches National Park in Utah several years ago with some friends. Everywhere we looked we saw incredible rock formations: graceful arches, soaring spires, towering pinnacles, each one clamoring for our attention, each one eliciting our awe. 

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