Advent reflection

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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Advent Reflection: Jesus Shows Us the Way

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 30, 2014

Several weeks ago I drove to Our Lady of the Pines retreat center in Fremont, Ohio to give a talk. Before I left, I googled the directions and saw that the center was about 120 miles from me via the Ohio Turnpike. I had no problem with the directions until I got into Fremont itself. […]

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For Advent, I Wish You Peace!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 1, 2013

It’s Advent, that time of the year when we are invited by the Church to slow down and ponder the great mystery of God’s presence in our midst. But let’s face it. This time of year most of us are not slowing down. We’re speeding up! We are not pondering. We’re calculating— calculating how in […]

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