Learn a Lesson from Fido

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 17, 2019

Sometimes I envy dogs. I’m speaking of dogs with good homes, mind you. Such dogs have it made. They are fed, petted, walked, and played with every single day—and they do virtually nothing to deserve it. Oh sure, they provide companionship, they guard the house when we’re gone, they fetch the paper, or they bark […]

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Let’s Talk about God

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 10, 2019

Let’s talk about God. As soon as I say those words, I realize how impossible it is to try to capture God in words. How impossible it is to describe who God is and what God is like. An analogy: If you have ever tried to write a eulogy for someone, you realize the inadequacy […]

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“Pet Peeves” and “Dear Delights”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 3, 2019

Today I thought we would have a little fun with pet peeves. As you know, a pet peeve is something you find particularly annoying. It is usually something small. Some say the word “pet” is a shortened form of “petty.” But others say “pet” means particular to you. Who knows? The phrase originated in a […]

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“My Hummers Are Back!”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 27, 2019

Years ago, my mother would often call me in early May and announce, “My hummers are back!” Notice Mom didn’t say, “The hummingbirds are back.” She said, “My hummers are back.” Mom loved her hummers and always hung her hummingbird feeder in her back yard at the end of April. Then she waited in joyful […]

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Mary’s Annunciation

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 20, 2019

Since the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary, I thought I would say a few words about from the story of the Annunication: Luke 1:26-38. I will focus on three aspects of this story that have implications for our own lives. First, the story take places in a real time and in a […]

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Barry Lopez: Nature Writer–and Much More

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 13, 2019

It is hard to categorize the writer Barry Lopez. He has been labeled an essayist, novelist, humanitarian, environmentalist, ethicist, and “the nation’s premiere nature writer.” In his award-winning books, Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men, he synthesizes personal observation, science, and indigenous ways of knowing. This reflection is largely based on an article on […]

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Sacred Ambiguity

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 6, 2019

In my book, Traits of a Healthy Spirituality, I said that one of the signs of a healthy spirituality is the ability to live graciously with a certain amount of ambiguity in our lives. By ambiguity I mean uncertainty, lack of clarity, indefiniteness, doubt.  At times we may even experience ambiguity with regard to our faith. Poet […]

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“If You’re Happy, Let Your Face Know”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 29, 2019

John Powell, SJ, once said, “If you’re happy, let your face know.” It is a reminder to look in the mirror occasionally and see if we look like someone who believes the Good News of the Gospel, someone who believes in God’s unconditional love for us, someone who truly believes the Easter mysteries we have […]

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Celebrating Earth Day 2019

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019 is Earth Day. The day was established in 1970 in the United States. Its purpose is to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness. On that first Earth Day, over 20 million people joined in observing the day. That first commemoration of Earth Day is credited with influencing the U.S. Government to create stronger […]

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Three Short Reflections for Holy Week and Easter

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 15, 2019

Here are three short reflections for Holy Week and Easter. They are adapted from my book, By the Way: “The Times We Live In” Some of the Saints lived during terrible times. Take Catherine of Siena, who lived in 14th Century Italy. During her times, the Black Death raged throughout Europe killing 26 million people (an […]

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