Gene Kelly: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 25, 2016

Recently I turned on the movie channel and chanced upon a showing of An American in Paris. After watching it for just a few minutes, I was hooked. In fact I ended up watching the entire film. This 1951 musical features the music of George Gershwin and the dancing of Gene Kelly. Was there ever a more […]

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Today

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 18, 2016

Today won’t come back. When midnight strikes, today will be gone. Forever. Sometimes we don’t appreciate today. Today sometimes gets buried in all the things we need to get done. Or today is merely endured because there are some things we don’t like about today. Maybe it’s raining. Or maybe we’re at odds with a […]

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Attention! Attention Please!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 11, 2016

Did my title get your attention? I hope it did, because I’d like to say a few words about attention today. First your ability to pay attention is one of your greatest gifts. To be able to focus on another person, a story, or a specific task at hand is an important asset we sometimes […]

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Proverbs for Daily Living

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 4, 2016

The Book of Proverbs is a collection of pithy sayings that encapsulate the wit and wisdom of the Hebrew people. There’s the classic one: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Then there’s the humorous one: “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without good sense.” Today […]

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Spirituality and Sports

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 27, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers (the city’s professional basketball team) won the world championship last week by defeating the Golden State Warriors on their home turf in game 7 of the finals. This victory is memorable for several reasons.

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Changes and Developments I Applaud

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 20, 2016

A few weeks ago I wrote a reflection on changes I’ve seen in my lifetime that I lament. (See “Whatever Happened to…?” April 18, 2016.) I promised then that I would also write about changes I’ve seen that I applaud. Let me start with a true experience that captures some major changes I am very […]

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Three Fathers of Three Saints

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 13, 2016

For Mother’s Day I wrote about three mothers of three saints. In honor of Father’s Day, here are the stories of three fathers of three saints.

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Virtue: The Habit of Doing Good

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 6, 2016

A while ago, a friend emailed me a list entitled, “Reasons It’s Great to be a Guy.” Some of the reasons were: you can be showered and ready in ten minutes. you can go on a five-day vacation with only one suitcase. your bathroom lines are 80% shorter. your phone conversations seldom last more than […]

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You Are Wonderful and Lucky!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 30, 2016

In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul says, “We are God’s work of art.” Some translations say, “We are God’s masterpiece.” In what ways are you a work of art, a masterpiece? In what ways are you truly wonderful—and lucky? Let’s look at a few of those ways.

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Owls

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 23, 2016

The American writer Henry David Thoreau said, “I rejoice that there are owls.” I do too! So I thought I would say a few words today about God’s gift of owls.

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