Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

As a child growing up on a small farm in northeast Ohio, I experienced a deep love for nature. From my father I inherited a passion for reading and learning, and from my mother, a love for people and crossword puzzles. After high school, I entered the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio. I have served in a variety of ministries: high school and college education, formation, congregational leadership, retreat work, spiritual direction, and writing. I am the author of thirteen books including Traits of a Healthy Spirituality, Hanging onto Hope, and The Grace of Beauty. Currently I write and give talks and retreats nationally. My favorite pastimes include walking, reading, music, good conversation, and cheering for my favorite Cleveland teams. Visit my blog “Sunflower Seeds: Celebrating Everyday Spirituality” at www.melanniesvobodasnd.org.

I fell in love with Living Faith even before I was asked to write for it. I like its focus on the daily Scripture readings as well as the wide variety of authors who write the reflections. I enjoy writing for Living Faith because I like the challenge of reflecting on the particular readings assigned to me, whether I am naturally drawn to them or not.  

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