Thanksgiving Thoughts

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 23, 2020

As we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I would like to offer a few thoughts on thanksgiving itself. In doing so, I am going to refer to a homily sent to me by my good friend, Sister Marlene Vigna, a Mercy Sister from Rochester, NY who attended Indiana University with me many, many years ago. (Each […]

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Cooking as a Spiritual Practice

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 16, 2020

Today let’s reflect on cooking. We’ll begin with a few facts about cooking and end with some thoughts on cooking as a spiritual practice. The precise origin of cooking is not known. But researchers say that roughly 2 million years ago, early human species tamed fire (a major feat!) and began using it to prepare […]

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The Unfathomable Love of God

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 9, 2020

Jesus gives us three parables about lost things: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. Let’s focus on the first two parables. In one, the shepherd loses a sheep. He leaves the 99 others to seek the one that strayed. In the second parable, the woman loses a coin in her house. […]

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Our Whimsical God

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 2, 2020

If someone asked you to describe God, what words would you use? Loving? Powerful? All-knowing? Merciful? Just? Patient? Wise? Would you ever choose the word whimsical? Maybe not. Whimsical is not the first word most people think of when describing God. But isn’t that word perfectly appropriate? I think so. To prove my point, I […]

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What Have You Been Reading Lately?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 26, 2020

If I asked you, “What have you been reading lately?” what would you say? I imagine many of you have been reading news about the worsening pandemic, the upcoming election, the plummeting economy. I’m sure many of you also have been reading books or magazines of a religious nature–including this humble little blog. Today I’d […]

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When I’m Tempted to Become a Cynic

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 19, 2020

(NOTE: As I type this, my blog is still not posting your comments. You can try to respond in case the problem gets resolved during this week. I apologize for the inconvenience. I really miss hearing from you…) The other morning I prayed Psalm 33. I came to these words: “Give thanks to the Lord […]

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A Penny in My Pocket

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 12, 2020

NOTE: I’m having a problem with my blog. This week’s post will not accept any of your comments. I’m so sorry. The tech people are looking into it. I apologize for the inconvenience…Melannie Recently, I’ve started carrying a penny in my pocket. Why? Because inscribed on every penny (and, indeed, on our other coins and […]

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Our Prayer Must Be Expansive

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 5, 2020

Good prayer is expansive. What do I mean by this? First, our prayer must be as wide as the world. No one is to be excluded from our prayer. I love the hymn that says, “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea.” Can we say, there’s a wideness in our […]

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Earth Tilts

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 28, 2020

Earth tilts. She leans 23.4 degrees on her axis. In his book, My Story as Told by Water, David James Duncan describes Planet Earth in these words: “…like a long-ago-injured woman who’s learned to walk gracefully with a cane, Earth leans ever so slightly on her axis, inclining now toward the sun, now away from […]

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The Spirituality of Coming

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 21, 2020

As you know, I made a major move on September 3. I went from a convent with two other sisters to Notre Dame Education Center where about 171 sisters live. Although I kept the same zip code, just about everything else in my life changed. In my August 10th post, I wrote about leaving our […]

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