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Murmuring, Quarreling and More Murmuring

In the liturgical calendar of the Church it is customary to include, during Year B, the Bread of Life discourse as found in the gospel of John. We have been hearing over the past Sundays from the Sixth Chapter of this gospel. In giving some close attention to the reading of the gospel for each Sunday, I have seen somewhat of a pattern. The writer of the gospel of John puts on the lips of Jesus an explanation of the meaning of the living bread come down from heaven. In three consecutive Sundays, what is striking is that those who hear the words of Jesus seem to be caught up in unrest. We hear about murmuring and quarreling. Obviously those who are struggling with the concept of bread that provides eternal life just can’t get what it really means. The Jewish community for whom the gospel is written is certainly not at peace as they struggle with the meaning of bread from heaven; bread that provides eternal life.Read More

Five Year Plan

I have read recently on social media and other places reminders that it is important to map out my five year goals. A reminder that if I don’t, I will continue to be where I am right now. And so I think about where I am and if remaining here is a bad thing. Do I need to move forth with my goals, climbing further ahead? Do I need to map out some life adventures so I can challenge my sense of self and also later recollect the wonderful memories made? The answer for me is yes and also in some ways no.

I think that having goals and challenging yourself is a good thing. But, I think about the continual message to climb further, do more, become more—always reaching for the next level. It seems like it could be easy to lose sight of the horizon when one is always looking ahead for the next thing. The message could indicate that where you are at is never the right place. The right place is always one step ahead. What if you are already happy where you are at now? What does success look like?Read More

Under the Veil

“After receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, I went back to my seat to pray. I was overcome with a sense of the veil caressing my cheek being that of the Blessed Mother’s. She was cradling me on her lap as she would her Son… and it dawned on me… I had just received Him!”

A couple months ago at the baptism of a very precious baby boy, I noticed that one of my friends from out of town had a beautiful lace scarf around her neck. It was lovely. I didn’t think much of it until a few minutes before Mass began, she stopped cooing over the baby. It was like a switch went off. The scarf was actually a veil. She pulled it up, knelt down and was obviously in deep prayer. I was intrigued.

I kept thinking about it for another month until finally I started doing some research. I had the sense that chapel veils were for Eastern Rite or Latin Rite churches or for old ladies who didn’t give up the veil when they were allowed to after Vatican 2. I found a number of bloggers online who are my age… and veiling for every Mass.

Their reasons were multitude. Some had a deep sense of reverence for tradition; others quoted St. Paul’s scripture about proper conduct at church (women should be covered, men should not). I asked my friend to share with me her reasons. She described Mary always wearing one in the presence of her Son, our relationship as Church as the bride of Christ, and a symbol of perfect submission.Read More

Nature – God’s Revelation

Amidst all the activities, busyness, and plans of summer, we are invited to pause and revel in the Mystery of God! Our Christian and Franciscan tradition tells us that Divine Revelation comes through nature/creation, Scripture and our lives. The primary connection to creation is rooted in the example of Jesus, who expressed many of his teachings through earth images, those profound everyday links to creation/nature. Nature is a sacred text!

A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson also speaks to this:

“All things with which we deal preach to us. What is a farm but a mute Gospel? The chaff and the wheat, the weeds and the plants, blight, rain, insects, sun — it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields.”Read More

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  • 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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