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Closing Doors Push Us to Open New Ones

My commitment to the interim director has ended with our permanent director in place. Now that I am retiring the second time from full time professional ministry, a word that comes to mind is “disengagement.”

I am currently reading a book Finding Peace and Purpose and during the current changes in my life I am finding this book most helpful as it relates to these changes.

We develop an image of ourselves that we continue to grow into throughout our lives. This image is constantly being modified and changed depending on our life experiences. For some of us this image can be very rigid and giving ourselves minor chances to change. Putting a new frame around us can be threatening. For others of us these changes are much less threatening and we can go with the flow without a problem. The main challenge is our perception on how we “disengage” when it comes to life changes.

One wise person once commented that personal change is so difficult, not because opening new doors is hard, but because it’s so hard to close the “old” doors. Maybe that is why so many folks stay active with family, friends and volunteering to experience the opening of new doors. Read More

The End of the Earthly Journey

We make a yearly trip to the cemetery in Haugen, Wisconsin. My parents and other relatives, as well as many of the faith-filled people I knew in my childhood, are buried there. I always tell people, “I have to make the trip and refresh the plastic flowers. Otherwise, my mother would haunt me.” We have decided to be buried in this cemetery.

Part of the trip is a visit to the Nursery which now occupies the farm where I grew up. We buy a few plants. I know I am on holy ground when I am there. My parents were people of deep faith. The saying is “Faith is caught, not taught.” I was blest because I caught an ample amount.

Completing these stops we make one more. I cannot leave the area without a stop at my favorite pizza place in Rice Lake. We had some extra time, so my husband suggested we drive to Barron and shop for a monument. We had purchased our cemetery lots a number of years ago, so shopping for a gravestone was not so unusual.Read More

Chat Me A Story

One night while tucking my curly hair boy into bed, I took him on a journey to Nashwauk Minnesota to visit a Grandmother he would never physically meet. We travelled to her home and saw her face in the window, watching for our arrival. Smelled the sauna in her home that was heated up and ready just for us. Ate biscuit and drank coffee around her table. Smelled the freshness in the air. And experienced the warmth of her love. And our trip there all began with his nightly request—”chat me a story”—which is our ticket to every place we have been, and every place we dream of going.

“Chat me a story” he says. And so I begin to tell him of my life. I tell him silly, happy, funny, and even difficult stories. I share stories of my faith and lessons learned. Since he is never satisfied with just one story, I worried that I might run out. And then I dug deeper and found so much more. Nothing seems too mundane or outdated to become a story. I laugh when he says “tell me the one about the time you……” and then proceeds to tell my whole story by himself. He has become the keeper of my stories.Read More

VIRIDITAS – The Greening Power of God

Spring has been my favorite season of the year for as long as I can remember. There is a progression to its coming.

Each spring I gaze across the hilly ridges surrounding me and watch for the changes in the trees. The hillside becomes the vast canvas of an ever-changing Monet impressionistic painting. The “red bud” stage; the tree buds begin to swell, bigger and bigger, creating a deep crimson color across the hillsides. The “green haze” stage; the faintest pale green hue of barely emerging leaves sweeps a delicate green haze over the red. The “green fuzz” stage; as the leaves push out further, individual fuzzy clumps of darker green become discernible. Then suddenly, POP, the leaves can be seen as individuals, fluttering and dancing as the spring breezes waft from tree-top to tree-top.

The valleys and less steeply sloped farmlands also reflect the progression. The brown, dry-looking winter fields turn to rich, black sections exuding the earthy smell of newly plowed dirt. These dark black fields are interspersed between the brown patches and the early greening patches of the alfalfa fields, like a beautiful, living quilt. After planting, a few warm days and nights and some rain, the tiniest green sprouts of corn and soy beans push up, the chartreuse haze of their tender growth like a soft, delicate blanket across the ground. Life!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