Erma Bombeck: American Humorist

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 22, 2017

One of my heroes is Erma Bombeck, the American humorist who entertained millions of us every week with her syndicated column, “At Wit’s End.” How this ordinary stay-at-home mom became a national comedian is a fascinating story. Erma (nee Fiste) Bombeck was born near Dayton, Ohio in 1927. Her father, a crane operator, died when […]

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“Come, We Have Room”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 15, 2017

The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart are a group of eight Sisters living in Buenos Aires, Argentine. Like many of us, they watched in horror as the war broke out in Syria in 2011. Like many of us, they cried as they saw the images of thousands and thousands of refugees pouring out of Syria. […]

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The Question of a Lifetime

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 8, 2017

Many TV commercials end with a good question. One credit card company asks, “What’s in your wallet?” Another advertiser asks, “Are you paying too much for cable?” And many of us still remember with fondness the little old lady, staring at a competitor’s hamburger, and asking, “Where’s the beef?”

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Porches

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 1, 2017

I’ve been thinking about porches lately. I did a little reading and reflecting and here’s what I came up with. First a definition. A porch is a covered shelter projecting from a building. Often it is not enclosed except for a railing—although some porches have latticework, screens, or even windows. Front porches in the United […]

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Scars and the Healing Process

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 24, 2017

Two weeks ago I cut my finger on some broken glass. The cut was pretty deep, so I went to Urgent Care where I had to have three stitches put in. I have been watching the cut closely, marveling at the healing process that is occurring right before my eyes. As I watch I wonder: […]

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Celebrating National Poetry Month

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 17, 2017

April is national poetry month. In honor of poetry, I’d like to share four short poems with you. I’ll say a word or two about a few of them. I suggest you read the poems slowly and even aloud. The first poem is by St. John of the Cross, translated by Daniel Ladinsky: What Is […]

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The Turtle Story: A Reflection for Holy Week and Easter

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 9, 2017

I love the writings of Barbara Brown Taylor, a 65-year-old American Episcopal priest, professor, writer, and theologian. Her books include The Preaching Life, Altar in the World, and Learning to Walk in the Dark. In 2014, Time magazine named her on its annual list of the 100 most influential persons in the world. Currently she […]

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Eleanor Roosevelt: Wife, Mother, Writer, Diplomat, First Lady

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 3, 2017

When Eleanor Roosevelt died, the New York Times obituary called her “one of the most esteemed women in the world.” In 1999 when a Gallup Poll asked Americans to rate the people they most admire in the 20th Century, she came in ninth. (She and Mother Teresa were the only women to make it into […]

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Let the Little Children Teach Us

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 27, 2017

The gospels tell us that Jesus loved children. When people were bringing their children to him to be blessed, his disciples rebuked them. But Jesus scolded the disciples, saying, “Let the children come to me.” Then “he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them” (Mk. 10:13-16).

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The Charter for Compassion

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 20, 2017

Karen Armstrong is a British author who has written many books on comparative religions. A former Catholic sister, she won the prestigious TED Prize for ideas to change the world. Her idea was to formulate a “Charter for Compassion” that could be endorsed by people of all faiths all over the world. The charter would […]

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