Incredible Goodness from Horrific Evil

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 1, 2018

Sometimes incredible goodness comes from horrific evil. This true story from Brian Doyle’s book, Eight Whopping Lies, illustrates this important truth. On the morning of September 11, 2001, 83 employees of the investment firm Sandler O’Neill & Partners were working in their company’s office on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower. […]

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My Christmas Card to You

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 25, 2017

Dear Readers All, Here is my Christmas card to you. It is “Angels We Have Heard on High” by “The Piano Guys.” This is a group of four (sometimes five) men from Utah who use the piano (and other instruments) in creative and lovely ways. In this video four of them play the same piano […]

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A Christmas Reflection: All Was not Calm, All Was not Bright

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 18, 2017

At Christmas time, we sing the beautiful hymn, “Silent Night.” In it we say, “All is calm, all is bright.” But if we read the story of the first Christmas, we will see that all was not calm, all was not bright. All was not calm. When the angel Gabriel appears to Mary, what is […]

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Martin Sheen: Actor, Activist, Pilgrim on the Way

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 11, 2017

I have just finished reading Sr. Rose Pacatte’s book, Martin Sheen: A Pilgrim on the Way. I have admired Sheen both as an actor and a social activist. This book reinforced my admiration. Sheen was born Ramon Gerard Estevez on August 3, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio. His father Francisco was born in Spain in 1898, […]

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The Story behind Adopt-a-Highway

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 4, 2017

James “Bobby” Evans was a young highway engineer in East Texas in the 1980s. One of his jobs was keeping 3600 miles of highway in good repair. For thirty years he had given hundreds of talks and film presentations against littering. But nothing seemed to work. As he drove the highways, he was dismayed to […]

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Come and Slow Me Down: An Advent Prayer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 27, 2017

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. It’s that time of the year when the Church calls us to slow down and reflect on the great gift of Jesus’ coming into our world over 2,000 years ago—and his continued presence in the people, events, and circumstances of our world today. Yet, ironically, this season […]

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Personal Rituals

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 20, 2017

When we think of the word “ritual,” we often think of certain religious practices: blessing ourselves with holy water before entering a church, the Mass itself, praying grace before meals. But, chances are, we have other rituals that may not be specifically religious. These personal rituals play an important role in our lives. Here’s one […]

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On Our Way to Becoming a “We”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 13, 2017

In his book, What Is the Point of Being a Christian? Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe tells the story of a famous rabbi who received a letter from a man in deep distress. “I ask for your help,” the man wrote. “I wake up every day sad and apprehensive. I can’t pray. I find it impossible […]

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Three Poems by Bishop Bob Morneau

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 6, 2017

Bishop Robert Morneau is Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is also pastor of Resurrection Church there. A loyal Packers’ fan, he is also a good friend of mine. If that’s not enough, Bishop Bob is a poet. His poetry is simple yet profound. It is rooted in daily life and in his great […]

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I Am Being Erased…What about You?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 30, 2017

November is the month traditionally dedicated to those who have preceded us in death—whether canonized (Nov. 1 – All Saints) or uncanonized (Nov. 2 – All Souls). Those of us living in the northern hemisphere have only to look out our windows to see this emphasis on death reflected in nature: bare trees, increasing darkness, […]

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