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An Invitation

Thomas Merton once said:  “Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future.  Rather, it is a deepening of the present and unless you look for solitude in the present, you will never find it.”

There is something deep inside all of us that longs for solitude, silence and stillness.  But we live in such a busy, fast-paced world that sometimes that seems impossible to attain.  We find ourselves pushing off the solitude and silence until a more convenient time – when the kids are in school; when the kids are out of school; when the job isn’t so demanding; when retirement comes.  On and on we go with one excuse after another waiting for the perfect time.

However, there is no such thing as the “perfect” time.  There will always be something or someone making demands upon our time.  As Merton said, we must look for solitude now or we will never find it.

Why is solitude so important to us?  We were created to ultimately be in union with our God, one with the Eternal Being.  Our hearts are always longing for that oneness, even though we may not recognize that.Read More

New Year Resilience

Maybe the keyword is Resilience!

After all the pre-holiday activity, the events of the holidays and now after the holidays, how are we living? Many experiences of family, seemingly greater increase in illnesses, on-going tragic and traumatic events lead us to ponder how to carry on. We are invited to be aware, develop, embrace, and strengthen the quality of resilience.

A favorite image from a magazine that I have kept for about 20 years features a black topped area, with several cracks, and up out of one of the cracks, a single, strong, fully blossomed tall daisy! The contrast of the white daisy fully alive in all that blacktop is stunning. What a beautiful image of the incredible desire to live and thrive in the midst of seeming impossibility. Even when the realization of hardness, heavy, suffocating surroundings, some life is determined to seek the light, find the small space to flourish.

In the New Year, an intentional decision to have some reflection time, some quiet thinking time will keep the desire and search for all that is life-giving, alive, and active.Read More

Drops in the Bucket

As I begin to write this January reflection, I see before me a blank piece of paper on my Microsoft Word document. It reminds me of the new year ahead.  Empty now, but to be filled with endless possibilities.  A fresh slate beckoning to be written upon. And I am the author.  But what is the life story I want to write? Where to begin?  What really needs changing and what needs more celebrating?

At the start of every year I make resolutions.  I tend to recycle many of the same ones over and over.  Although I did lay to rest the “no smoking” one twenty years ago.  But for me, life is like that—I start over– eat my vegetables, do my yoga, clean out my closet, vow to be more loving– just to find myself going off track and needing to begin again.  In fact, as I write this I found it reasonable to eat some Dove milk chocolate even though I have “resolved” to eat better. But, hey, I did have a banana first I tell myself. And in every new moment isn’t there the chance to “start over”?

So, this year I am going to change my approach to resolutions.  I am not going for an all or nothing approach.  Reading on social media I find all kinds of ways I “should be living”.  I am given “Ten Steps To Live Better or “Foods To Avoid” or “Ten Exercises To Do Daily”… etc…  For some, this systematic approach might be helpful but for me, I am going to take the “drip” method rather than the “step”.Read More

New Year Resolutions

It happens each year; we somehow feel compelled to make New Year’s resolutions.  Well, perhaps not all of us but many of us go through the process.  The most common resolution might be to live a healthier lifestyle.  We make promises to exercise more, consume fewer calories and live a more balanced life.  We might not think about resolutions regarding our spiritual lives and yet those might be the most important.

I read a quotation by St. Augustine that prompted me to think that my spiritual life could use resolutions as well.  St. Augustine tells us “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek God is the greatest adventure; to find God is the greatest human achievement.”  Why might it not be enough for the New Year to do the above?

Recently, I read an address by Pope Francis to the participants of the International Congress of Catechists on September 27, 2015.  In the address he describes three ways that we might arrive at what St. Augustine tells us.  First of all we need to be close to Jesus.  This involves spending time with Jesus allowing him to gaze upon us and for us to gaze upon him.  The Pope indicates that we need to find the time to spend with the Lord.  With busy schedules, family commitments and the many challenges of modern life it is difficult and yet if we are to fall in love with God we need to spend the time.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