A Kitchen Is a Holy Place

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 6, 2020

A kitchen is a holy place, as holy as any sanctuary. What was the kitchen of your childhood like? When I was growing up, we had a bright yellow kitchen. It wasn’t very big, just large enough to accommodate a stove, a refrigerator, and a sink with counters and cupboards extending on both sides. Two […]

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What Does Jesus Save Us From?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 29, 2020

The name Jesus is derived from the Hebrew Yeshu which means to deliver, to rescue, to save. It’s good to ask ourselves: what does Jesus save us from? The short answer might be sin or death. But I have found those two words a bit too general and vague. It can be more helpful to […]

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Prayer: Sniffing and Sifting for the Kingdom

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 22, 2020

I was thinking about prayer the other day. (I confess: it’s often easier to think about prayer than it is to pray!) And I was thinking about some metaphors for prayer. (Whenever I’m musing over metaphors, I’m in good company, for Jesus was a master of metaphor: “I am the vine… fear not, little flock… […]

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My Dad

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 15, 2020

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m writing about my father. My Dad, John Svoboda, was born in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents, John and Anna, were immigrants from Bohemia. Their first child, a little girl, was stillborn. My Dad was born a year later, followed by five other children: Helen, Jim, Charlie, Alice, and […]

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Let’s Talk about the Stars

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 8, 2020

Today we’re going to talk about the stars. (This reflection is not an escape from the current headlines. It’s a realignment of our perspective.) We’ll review a few fascinating facts about the stars, say something about THE Star Maker, note a few stars in the Bible, and conclude with a short prayer. How many stars […]

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Seeking God in the “Land of Unlikeness”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 1, 2020

The poet W. H. Auden has written a beautiful poem called, “For the Time Being: Xmas Oratorio.” In it he suggests that we should seek God in three unusual places. One of those places is the Land of Unlikeness. He’s saying, I suggest, that we must seek God in people, places, and circumstances that are […]

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Stories about Death and Dying

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 25, 2020

Last week I wrote about dying alone. This week I’ll share a few additional thoughts on death and dying, mostly in story form. I’m posting this on Memorial Day, the day we Americans remember in prayer and gratitude those men and women who died while serving our country in the U.S. military. As I did […]

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Does Anyone Die Alone?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 18, 2020

One of the heart-breaking consequences of the current pandemic is that many people cannot be with their loved ones at the time of their death. Those left behind often suffer great anguish because their loved ones died alone. Their stories raise a bigger question: Does anyone die alone? The obvious answer seems to be yes, […]

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Three Very Different Mothers Who Became Saints

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 11, 2020

Today I wish all mothers a belated Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of mothers everywhere, I’d like to focus on three mothers who are saints in the Catholic Church: Saints Monica, Zelie Martin, and Dorothy Day. (Dorothy is not formally canonized yet, but the process has started.) St. Monica (331-387) St. Monica was born in […]

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Time for a Laughter Break

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 4, 2020

Those of you familiar with my blog know that every now and then I like to devote a day to humor. Today is one of those days. So here are some jokes, funny sayings, and what-have-you’s that I hope will brighten your day! Let’s begin with some “punny” definitions. (Did I already hear a groan?) […]

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