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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Is It Time for a Little Levity?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 14, 2020

Like you, I am aware of the many serious situations and issues confronting us right now. While not minimizing them in any way, I feel we must regularly take a break from all the seriousness and exercise our human capacity for levity. I hope a few of these will bring a smile to your face. […]

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It’s about Time

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 7, 2020

I’ve been thinking about time lately. So today I’d like to share with you some random thoughts about time—if you’ve got time! Time is difficult to define. Here’s one definition: Time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in an apparent succession from the past, through the present, to the future.” […]

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Three Poems…

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 31, 2020

There was a problem with my blog this week, so many of you were not able to open it. But our IT people fixed the problem, so here’s this week’s blog. Thank you for your patience! Today I’d like to share three of my poems with you. The first is unpublished. The other two are […]

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“The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 24, 2020

I just finished an incredible book: The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. Written in 2006, the book tells “the untold story of those who survived the Great American Dust Bowl.” You might be asking, “Why read such a depressing book during a global pandemic, Melannie? Couldn’t you pick something more upbeat?” I read it […]

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This and That

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 17, 2020

Today I’m posting eight short pieces I call “this and that.” 1.“Ask Marilyn” is a weekly column by Marilyn vos Savant. Once she asked her readers to write a sensible, 100-word paragraph without repeating any words. More than 5,000 replied. Most relied on lists and really weird constructions. But here’s the winning paragraph by Jon […]

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