Quotes for Advent

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 28, 2016

Advent is that time of year we prepare for the Coming of Jesus in history (as a baby in Bethlehem), in mystery (as the Divine Intrusion into our own time and place), and in the fullness of time (at the Second Coming). To enrich our celebration of this beautiful time of the year, here are […]

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Saying Grace: It’s Not Just for Meals Anymore

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 21, 2016

Most of us are familiar with the traditional prayer we say before meals: Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen. We call this prayer grace. Praying it reminds us of the essential giftedness of food. But isn’t all of life […]

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Dancing Badly All Over the World

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 14, 2016

Matt Harding, a native of Connecticut, was working as a video-game designer in Australia. In his early 20’s, he found his work “insulating.” So he decided to quit his job and travel the world with a couple of friends. On a whim, his friends took videos of him dancing in front of one famous landmark […]

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Alexander Hamilton

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 7, 2016

This week the citizens of the United States will be electing new leadership on the national, state, and local levels. Interestingly, for the past few weeks, I have been reading Ron Chernow’s biography, Alexander Hamilton. The massive book (it’s 818 pages long) has won numerous awards. And it is the book upon which the extremely […]

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Chance Happening—or Something More?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 31, 2016

Here is a true story. Is it a chance happening? Or is it something more? You decide. In 1992 I moved to Detroit to minister in the Jesuit novitiate. One day one of my Jesuit friends, Tim, asked me if I’d like to go out to dinner. He had received a gift card for a […]

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Bedroom Slippers

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 24, 2016

The other evening, I was sitting in my P.J.’s in my chair and I happened to glance down at my feet and noticed my bedroom slippers. That got me to thinking about bedroom slippers. Who invented them? How many people in the world wear them? And why? This reflection grew out of those questions.

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We’re Moving!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 17, 2016

If you’re reading this on your computer, you’re probably sitting down. You might perceive yourself as being stationary. But you aren’t. In fact, every time you think you are not moving, you are wrong. Very wrong. The truth is, you are moving at an incredible speed—every minute of every day.

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Time to Lighten Up

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2016

When I give talks and retreats, I always say, “Hang on to your sense of humor.” Humor helps us to keep things in perspective. It prevents us from taking ourselves too seriously. And it refreshes our spirit. With those thoughts in mind, here are a few items I hope bring a smile to your face.

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A Walk in the Park

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 3, 2016

I drive to the park to go for a walk. It is a lovely Fall day. Late morning. As I pull into the parking lot, I notice something unusual: there are no other cars around. I walk across the bridge that leads to the path that goes around the lake. Before I set off on […]

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A Few Thoughts on Immigration

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 26, 2016

I confess: I cannot speak completely objectively about immigration. That’s because three of my grandparents were immigrants from Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. All three immigrated as teenagers, leaving their parents and other family members behind. Forever. I can’t imagine what courage that took. My Grandma Svoboda told about coming over in the crammed steerage […]

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