Reflections are written weekly by friends of St. Anthony’s.

Canticle of the Summer Heat

I don’t tolerate summer weather very well, and pretty much everyone within earshot knows it. And yet, for some odd reason, I continue choosing to live without air conditioning. Odder still, I can’t really come up with an answer when people ask me why I don’t just go...

A Call to Go Back

My grandparents were Finnish immigrants who settled in Nashwauk, Minnesota which is in the northern part of the state.  There they lived with their son, my father, Ray. I grew up visiting my grandparents in Nashwauk and by that time, it had become more of an...

Endurance in Hope

"May God, Source of Hope, fill you with Joy and Peace through your endurance in Faith, so that your hope may increase by the power of the Holy Spirit"  (Romans 15:13) Ever find yourself wondering what qualities you have, what qualities others see in you? The lists of...

By All Appearances…

I was sitting in the dining hall at the University of St. Thomas while on retreat there last summer, when my attention was caught by a scene I viewed out of the window. A very tall, bare, grey tree towered alone amidst a stand of green trees. I was mesmerized by the...

God is Holding Me Up

In recent weeks we have heard in the gospel readings for Sunday about the importance of faith.  When Jesus visits his home town the gospel writer Mark indicates that Jesus performed few miracles.  Jesus indicates that he was amazed at their lack of faith.  In the...