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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How Much Time Do You Have?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 26, 2018

Do you ever say to yourself, “I wonder how much more time I have left on earth.” I do.  This reflection on life expectancy is based on a chapter in my book When the Rain Speaks.   In the world of nature, various life forms have different life expectancies. A mouse can expect to live […]

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The Story of Tea

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 19, 2018

The other afternoon, I made myself a cup of hot tea. As I poured the boiling water into the cup with the tea bag, I thought: “I bet tea has a fascinating history.” So I did a little reading and came up with this. Legend says that tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by a […]

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Jesus: “Tender, Luminous, Demanding”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 12, 2018

In her poem “Maybe,” Mary Oliver speaks of Jesus calming the storm at sea. She uses three words to describe him: tender, luminous, and demanding. I was intrigued by her word choice. As I reflected on what these words could mean, I came up with this: Jesus was tender. Who could deny that? Even a […]

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A Little Humor… Again

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 5, 2018

Several times a year I like to pass on a few jokes to you. Some of the following are from The Ultimate Guide to Good Clean Humor by Bernard Brunsting. I hope some of these make you laugh or smile—or even groan. Remember: We are always close to God when we laugh! Children being children: […]

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Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce People

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 29, 2018

I just finished reading a beautiful though immensely sad book, Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce by Kent Nerburn. The book covers a pivotal time in U.S. history. In the 1800’s, hordes of pioneers were pushing westward and settling on land already inhabited for centuries by Native Americans. One of those tribes […]

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The Lesson of the Afghan

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 22, 2018

It is 5:30 in the morning. And here I sit in my bedroom praying. Suddenly I feel chilly. So I get up and grab the afghan from the foot of my bed. It is the one my mother crocheted for me years ago. And it is beautiful. It is a herringbone pattern in bright yellow, […]

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Celebrating the Precious Gift of Life

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 15, 2018

On Monday, January 15, we Americans pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who gave his life working for the equality of all peoples. Friday, January 19 is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Both days celebrate the precious gift of life. Here are two true stories that also speak of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about My Blog

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 8, 2018

Today I am responding to some questions people ask me about my blog: How did you start writing your blog? My friend and colleague, Sister Susan Wolf, SND, suggested I start writing a blog. She encouraged several other Notre Dames to do it too. Learning to post a blog was a big learning curve for […]

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