Two Hinges of Prayer: Regularity and Spontaneity

by Melannie Svoboda SND on November 18, 2013

Prayer swings on two hinges: regularity and spontaneity. In the Jewish tradition, these two hinges are called keva (the fixity of the prayer book) and kavanah (the spontaneity of the heart.)

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My Retreat at Gloucester

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 10, 2012

I just got back from making a retreat at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The retreat house, owned and operated by the Jesuits, is located on a piece of rocky land that juts out into the Atlantic. It is a historic spot. The first European to see Gloucester Bay was the French explorer […]

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The Power of Prayer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 9, 2012

This week I’ll be leading a retreat at Cape May Point, NJ on the Atlantic Ocean. Jesus told us to proclaim the gospel to the “whole world.” I’m sure that includes the Jersey Shore! This week-long retreat is being held at St. Mary-by-the-Sea, the retreat center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia. It’s […]

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Talking to a Daisy

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 25, 2012

Last week we celebrated the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. This day is also referred to as midsummer’s day.  Ancient peoples believed this was the time of the year when the veil that separates the various forms of the natural world is the thinnest, making communication between them […]

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When the Blue Heron Flies

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 7, 2012

My new book is out. Entitled When the Blue Heron Flies, the book is a collection of prayer-poems meant to nourish the spirit.

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