The Giraffe: A Glimpse of the Grace of Beauty

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 21, 2014

Matthew Fox wrote: “Animals are here in part to grant glimpses of the grace of beauty.” The giraffe is certainly one animal that does that for me. Let’s take a few minutes today to reflect on this extraordinary creature in God’s vast array of animals.

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What Small Thing Do You Treasure?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 14, 2014

The Washington Post Magazine runs a regular feature entitled “Mine” which invites its readers to share some small object in their lives that they treasure. Every week the Post runs one reader’s contribution which includes a picture of the object, a brief essay on its signigicance, and the author’s name, age, and occupation. Here are a few samples. 

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Is God Love–Really?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 7, 2014

Albert Einstein said the most important question we can ask is this: Is the universe friendly? If we asked a random sampling of people  whether they think the universe is friendly, neutral, or hostile towards us, we would probably find that some of them believe the universe is hostile or at least neutral. They would […]

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 30, 2014

While in Alabama a few weeks ago, I went to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute with one of the Benedictine Sisters, Sr. Madeline. Notice, the building is not called a museum although it chronicles the Civil Rights struggle through pictures, film, and artifacts. It’s called an institute since it links the struggle for equality in Birmingham to movements for […]

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “Against Wind and Tide”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 23, 2014

I just finished reading Against Wind and Tide, the final collection of letters and journals (1947-1986) of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Many of us know her as the wife of Charles Lindbergh, one of the great pioneers in aviation. But she was also a writer in her own right. Her most famous book, Gift from the Sea, was first published in […]

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The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 16, 2014

Bronnie Ware is a writer and singer from Australia. For many years she worked in palliative care. While doing so, she learned that many people have regrets as they approach death. According to Ware, here are the top five regrets of the dying.

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Is Your Spirituality Solar or Lunar?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 9, 2014

Is your spirituality solar or lunar? That’s the question raised in a new book by Barbara Brown Taylor called Learning to Walk in the Dark. Taylor, an award winning writer, is an ordained Episcopal priest who left parish ministry about fifteen years ago and now teaches world religions at Piedmont College in northern Georgia.

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Let’s Look at Some Maps Today

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 2, 2014

Let’s look at some maps today. Now, if you hated geography in school, you might be groaning, “I hate maps!” But if you loved geography (like I did) then you’re probably thinking, “I love maps! I can’t wait to see them!” First, I must thank by good friend Sr. Mary Fran Taymans for alerting me […]

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The Goldilocks Zone

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 26, 2014

What were the chances of life appearing on planet earth? Astronomers, astrobiologists, and cosmologists have tried to answer this question. In doing so, they’ve come up with what is called “The Goldilocks Zone.” And it is quite fascinating!

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The Grace of Inspiration

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 19, 2014

In 1959 I was a freshman at Regina High School in South Euclid, Ohio. One day in the library I came across a book entitled Deliver Us from Evil by Thomas A. Dooley. The author was a young doctor from St. Louis who had served in southeast Asia as a navy doctor during the mid and late […]

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