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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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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Three Short, Short Stories

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 16, 2016

Sometimes a story says so much more than its actual words… Here are three short, short stories. After each one I’ve included a reflective question or two. These stories really speak to me. Do any of them speak to you?

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Is Praying Worth It?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 9, 2016

The other morning, as I sat down in my bedroom chair at 5:15 and began to pray, I thought: Is the world a better place because I begin every day by sitting in this chair and praying? Am I a better person because I pray here every morning? Does my time in this chair make […]

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Three Mothers of Three Saints

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 2, 2016

Every Mother’s Day we honor mothers for their selfless devotion to their children. This Mother’s Day let’s look at three mothers who share one thing in common: they were all mothers of saints. 

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Can Doubts Be Good for Our Faith?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 25, 2016

I used to think that doubts were incompatible with religious faith. If you really believed, you wouldn’t have any doubts. Over the years I’ve come to learn that doubts are not only compatible with faith, they can be good for our faith. Let me explain.

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Whatever Happened to…?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 18, 2016

I have seen many changes in my lifetime. Some of these changes I applaud. But others I lament. Here are a few changes I lament–or at least I wonder about.

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