Another Dip into My Quote Collection

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 16, 2017

Those of you who have being reading this blog for awhile know that I collect quotations. I have seven small file drawers crammed with 3 X 5 cards on which I have written thousands of quotes over the years, mostly from books or magazines I’ve read. I wrote about my collection in my post for […]

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Mourning Mary Ann

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 9, 2017

My sister, Mary Ann Hartman, passed away a few weeks ago after a brief illness. She was 77. A widow, the mother of five and grandmother of nine, she was my only sister and my best friend. The day before Thanksgiving she learned she had cancer in her stomach, liver, and kidneys. Prior to this […]

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Winter: The Misunderstood Season

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 2, 2017

Some of us have a negative view of winter. We see it as a season of cold that disrupts our routine and puts a damper on our fun. Have you ever noticed how some of the weather people speak about winter? They say we will be attacked by a cold front. Or we should prepare […]

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Achieving Peace through Compromise

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 26, 2016

Alex and Candice are siblings, ages 13 and 11 respectively. (They are also my grandnephew and grandniece). As siblings, they sometimes fight over who gets to ride in the front seat of the car. One day Alex decided to do something about their quarreling. He drew up a legal contract that set the “rules” for […]

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A Christmas Prayer for Divine Intrusion

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 19, 2016

Christmas is a time to celebrate the coming of Jesus into our world and into our personal everyday lives. Here is a little poem I wrote for Christmas, but it can be prayed all year long.

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What does Opportunity Look Like?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 12, 2016

What does opportunity look like? Sometimes it looks like opportunity. A college offers you a substantial scholarship. An acquaintance recommends you for a job with good pay and better working conditions. Or a co-worker retires and you are asked to assume her leadership position. In all these cases, opportunity looks like opportunity.

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Reflection on the Bent Woman

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 5, 2016

One of my favorite gospel stories is Jesus’ cure of the bent woman on the Sabbath. It is found in Luke 13:10-17. The story is brief, but it speaks volumes about freedom and compassion and how we partner with God in the plan of salvation.

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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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