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Let Advent Take You on a Journey

Since September the stores have been reminding us that it is the holiday season. I could shop for back to school items and Christmas items all at once. Halloween and Thanksgiving get special nods like a “best supporting actress” role. Commercials tell us already what we need to buy and how we need to feel. And ready set go, we are flung into the Christmas season. Presents, parties, gifts, debt, and rushing ensue as we try to capture the magic promised to us. And somewhere along the line, the stillness wonder and hope of that celebrated birth gets a special nod as well.

All this busyness has me thinking more about Advent. I wasn’t really even sure what it all meant anymore. As a child we had our Advent wreath and lit candles each week. But the sacredness of it all fell mostly short on my sisters and me as we spent more time giggling and wondering about other things. In our church we practice it, but again, a busy rushed life makes the Sunday moment seem like a distant memory as the “to-do” list gets longer.

But this year I am remembering that in between the commercialism and busyness, Advent calls us to more fully develop a sense of the love and light the Christ child brings into the world. Read More

Fertility of Silence

Recently this phrase, fertility of silence, came across in my reading. It began a new awareness, and an interesting message to ponder!

This past weekend at the Center, two groups of guests revealed the truth of that statement.  About 42 men and women entered into a silent retreat to deepen a relationship with God. They reflected in silence the reality of being Beloved, Forgiven and Merciful.  The silence and solitude was hopefully the opportunity to really claim the truth of those words.

Another group was the 18 young university women who came to be in silence and solitude to pray and discern the possible call to enter religious life. As they went about the weekend, many hours of adoration, prayer and meditation hopefully led to the fertility of their silence.

Each of us is invited to be intentional about the daily times and places of silence, Yes, it needs to be intentional given the quantity of noise and distractions in life. Those who choose silent times and places hopefully experience the fertility of that silence.Read More

For the Greater Glory of God

It seems I have so many interesting conversations at our local YMCA.  The other morning a young woman and I were talking about I can’t really remember what, but the conversation wound its way to what she had recently been doing.  She mentioned that she is a catechist in a local parish.  I complimented her on that since I believe it takes a special person willing to share faith with young people, especially teen-agers.

The young woman commented that she was taught well in her Catholic School experience because she believes that all she does is “for the greater glory of God.”  I had not heard that phrase for a long time and it got me thinking, “Where does that phrase come from?”  I googled it and what came up was not really a surprise.  This phrase is the motto for many Jesuit schools and it is attributed to the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola.  The full statement is “for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humanity.”  In reading further about the phrase, the indication is that we need to do good for the right reasons.

There is no doubt that there is a great good done in the world.  Many of these actions do serve humanity well.Read More

Blessed be the Work of Your Hands

In September I was privileged to attend a Tony Melendez concert held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, WI.  I heard about Mr. Melendez many years before from my mother.  She had seen the broadcast on TV of Tony playing for Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles in 1987.  She was incredibly moved and struck with awe at the amazing musical abilities of this young man, as were all, including Pope John Paul, who attended this event.  I remember my Mom buying Tony’s autobiography when it came out and her sharing it with me.  When I saw the announcement of Tony’s concert in our church bulletin, I had to go!

For those who may not know much about Tony Melendez, he was born in Nicaragua in 1962. He was a ‘thalidomide’ baby, born with no arms and with a club foot.  His parents were so determined to get help for Tony that they left their home and journeyed all the way to California for medical treatment. Tony had several surgeries on his foot, and was finally able to walk when he was 3 years old.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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