G. K. Chesterton: “The Apostle of Common Sense”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 7, 2018

I just finished a book entitled G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, by Dale Ahlquist. I thought I would share a few thoughts on this fascinating writer with you today. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a British writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, art critic, and lay theologian. During his life, he produced 80 books, 200 […]

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2018: The Year of the Bird

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 30, 2018

The spring issue of Audubon magazine says that 2018 has been designated as the year of the bird. So let’s celebrate birds today. First, a bird alert. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is one of the most important conservation laws in the world. It celebrates its 100th birthday this year. This law creates incentives […]

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Yes, Toys ARE Us

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 23, 2018

Recently we learned that most of the “Toys R Us” stores are closing. This bit of news got me thinking about toys in general. How far back do they go? What were the first toys? What toys did I play with as a child? In addition to being fun to play with, do toys have […]

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How Well Do You Know Planet Earth?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 16, 2018

April 22, 2018 is Earth Day. In honor of this great day, I am giving you a little quiz. How well do you know planet earth? Here are 10 true or false statements about the planet we call home. Decide: Is the statement true or false? Then check the answers below. TRUE or FALSE: Earth […]

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A Few Poems for You

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 9, 2018

April is national poetry month. So today I thought I’d share a few of my unpublished poems with you:   “Patience” I took a stroll with Patience yesterday, and asked how I could be more like her. She said slowly, “Plant radishes… befriend a turtle… teach a child.”     “Proofs” If like Aquinas I […]

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How Do You Celebrate Easter?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 2, 2018

If I asked you, “How do you celebrate Christmas?” you would probably give me many examples: stringing lights, trimming the tree, decorating the house, baking certain cookies, cooking special meals, buying and receiving presents, parties of all kinds, family gatherings, Midnight Mass, etc. But when I ask, “How do you celebrate Easter?” what would you […]

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The Link between Love and Suffering

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 26, 2018

As we enter into Holy Week and recall the sufferings of Jesus, let us remember the “reason” for his sufferings: his great love for us. Let us reflect today on the link between suffering and love. When we are experiencing pain, it is easy for us to long for a world without pain. Imagine a […]

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This and That

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 19, 2018

When I’m reading, I often come across something that is inspiring, surprising, strange, or just plain fun. Today I thought I’d share a few of the things I came across recently—in no particular order. 1) In April, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. At the time of his death, […]

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Texting God and Jesus

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 12, 2018

Are you into texting? If so, do you ever get text messages from God or Jesus? Do you ever send God or Jesus a text message? Maybe you do—without even knowing it. But before I get to those two questions, here are a few interesting facts about text messaging. The formal name for the app […]

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Who Cares?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 5, 2018

If I am having a really bad day, my mantra becomes, “Who cares?” Here’s how it works. As I am putting on my socks in the morning, I see a hole in the toe and I say, “Who cares?” When I open the refrigerator door and see we’re low on milk, I say, “Who cares?” […]

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