Blessed Stanley Rother: Diocesan Priest and Martyr

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 2, 2017

The latest American to be beatified (a step in the process of becoming a saint) hails from a small town in western Oklahoma. His name is Father Stanley Rother. Not only is he the first recognized American martyr, he is also the first beatified American-born male. Father Rother was born on March 27, 1935 in […]

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The Times We Live In

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 25, 2017

Many of us are familiar with Charles Dickens’ famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities. (Perhaps you were forced to read the book by some conscientious highschool English teacher—like me!) The book opens with those memorable words: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Dickens was describing 18th Century France. In […]

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An Autumn Walk in the Park

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 18, 2017

It is a lovely late morning in early September. I decide to go for a walk in the nearby park. As soon as I pull into the parking lot, I notice something unusual: there are no other cars. I walk across the wooden bridge that leads to the path around the lake. Before I set […]

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The Magic and Power of Reading

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 11, 2017

I saw a poster once that said, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” I thought of my first grade teacher, Miss Enniert at James A. Garfield School. Although I can’t even remember what she looked like, I realize she was the main person who taught me how to read. She developed in me that […]

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The Cardinal and the Pediatrician

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 28, 2017

I have found two new people to admire. One is a Cardinal and the other a pediatrician. The Cardinal is Joseph Tobin, recently appointed by Pope Francis to be the archbishop of Newark, NJ. Prior to this appointment, Tobin served as archbishop of Indianapolis, IN from 2012-2016. Why do I admire this new Cardinal in […]

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The Coming of the Dawn

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 21, 2017

I’m an early riser, up before dawn. I pray in my bedroom every morning. Since my chair faces west, I never see the sunrise directly. Still, my window allows me to watch the coming of the dawn every day for much of the year. When I first look out my window in the morning, all […]

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Do Manners Still Matter?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 14, 2017

Most of us were introduced to the world of manners by our parents. This introduction often included certain “do’s” and “don’ts.” We were told the things we should do: Do say “thank you” when someone gives you something, do say “excuse me” when you burp, do wait your turn, do use your “indoor voice” when […]

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The Picture on Google

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 7, 2017

As many of you know, my sister Mary Ann passed away in early December. She was my only sister and my best friend. She was diagnosed with cancer the day before Thanksgiving and she died ten days later. Her death was a shock for all of us who loved her. (I wrote about her death […]

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Puppy Love

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 31, 2017

I think one of the cutest things our Creator God ever fashioned was a puppy. To me, all puppies are cute—from baby labs to basset hounds, from St. Bernard’s to dachshunds, from Irish setters to Chihuahuas. Even mongrel puppies are cute. In fact, it is hard to come up with anything cuter than a puppy. […]

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Jim Wallis, Sojourner

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 24, 2017

During my retreat last Fall, I listened to some talks by Jim Wallis, a Christian writer who speaks regularly at religious conferences, often Catholic ones.  His writings and talks both inspire me and challenge me. I’d like to share some of his thoughts with you. First though, let me tell you a little about Jim […]

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