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The Germination Time

There are two sides to most seed packets. One provides the potential beauty and fullness of what the seeds can produce. The other side presents the optimum conditions for this growth and the germination time. The conditions include depth to plant, spacing, amount of moisture, and best location. Also, given is the expected germination time. The hope is that if this information is followed, the abundance of these seeds will be our delight!

There is a pine tree that has two sets of cones, one set for the normal maturing of the tree, the other set will be dormant until an intense fire, heat causes the cone to open and free the seeds.

I believe that if God has gifted seeds and cones with these innate qualities, God has gifted each of us with all the life giving qualities to fulfill the potential of our lives.

Though it is true that many seeds and many persons survive and thrive in adverse conditions, the hope is that our life journey is in the optimum condition. Read More

Chosen, Broken, Blessed and Given

I receive the daily meditations from Henry Nouwen. Recently he has a daily series from his book, Bread for the Journey – A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith. These are four of the reflection quotes from the series that spoke to me these last weeks.

They are a constant reminder that I have been chosen, I am broken, I am blessed and I am being given. Do I realize these aspects in my life and how do I live and witness them?

Being Chosen

“Jesus is taken by God or, better, chosen by God. Jesus is the Chosen One. From all eternity God has chosen his most precious Child to become the savior of the world. Being chosen expresses a special relationship, being known and loved in a unique way, being singled out. In our society our being chosen always implies that others are not chosen. But this is not true for God. God chooses his Son to reveal to us our choosiness.Read More

A Mustard Seed Yearns to Flower

The past twelve months have, indeed, been a time of blessing, challenge and growth here at St. Anthony’s. During the process of transition from the presence of the Capuchin friars in leadership at St. Anthony’s for almost an entire century to the present when St. Anthony’s is under the direction of the laity, Fr. Frank Corradi, OFS, and spiritual director at that time, facilitated the ability for the professed Franciscan presence to remain here. Those who came, with the intent of bringing the original intent to fruition, lived and were known as the ‘residential secular Franciscan Community’. And, so it began!

We live with much gratitude to those who have been gracious and welcoming during those first days that have become the first year. Yearning that our identity continue to become real within this holy place, this period of discernment nurtured the desire to be identified and aligned with one whose spirit of community and openness fostered the building of relationships reflecting the unique Franciscan charism. In that spirit, the community chose to be known as the Pope St. John XXIII Franciscan community of St. Anthony’s. The connection was further fostered by the fact that Pope John XXIII was a professed secular Franciscan. Another step on the journey was taken!Read More

God’s Light Enters the World in Many Ways

This spring we celebrated the First Communion of our grandson. When he came back to the pew, he whispered to me, “When I was getting in line to go to Communion, the sun came through the window and was shining on me. It was God’s light.”

Later when we gathered at our son’s house he opened his gifts. He read the framed print he had received from his dad and mom, “May your First Communion celebrate your friendship with Jesus. As you grow in this friendship may your words be gentle and your touch be kind. May you hear whispers of Love in your heart each day. May you have fun in discovering God hidden everywhere. And, may you remember to thank God often for the gift of life.”

It is easy to make this God stuff rather Pollyannaish. Anne Lamott, novelist and non-fiction writer, claims that all truth is a paradox but that life is precious. Read More

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What People Are Saying About St. Anthony's next prev

  • Thank you again for the amazing weekend! The retreat was wonderful and the sacredness of these grounds is priceless. You feel the love the minute you drive in. May God Bless you all for your ministry – Abundantly!!!

  • It was my first time at a retreat-life long Catholic 63 years old ­– about time! I was sort of concerned about the silence factor and my, what a peaceful-prayerful-wonderful experience it has been. Thank you for the silence.

  • My third retreat at the St. Anthony Spirituality Center was like coming home – welcoming, safe, and prayerful. I felt cared for and could experience God’s love on many levels.

  • St. Anthony’s is a very warm, welcoming and safe haven. I love to leave the noisy world we live in and come into a world of silence. We need this time to get our focus back and become rooted again in our faith, our journey.

  • The conference was very well presented. The speakers gave me much to think about. I very much enjoyed walking on the grounds of St. Anthony's. What a beautiful place! I felt so close to God and his creation.

  • I always feel truly welcome at St. Anthony's. You all are so hospitable. The beautiful surroundings in and outside makes prayer easy. I'm going home refreshed and renewed.

  • From the minute I entered, I was welcomed and treated like I belonged here. Like I had come home. What a wonderful experience!

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Some of our beautiful guest rooms