Age-Old Questions

Each spring, this age-old question seems to pop into my head on a regular basis: Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is? If this Chronicler was inclined to take some literary license, the 2021 St. Anthony’s version would go more like this:...

Mother Nature’s Gracious Gifts

It is spring clean-up time here at St. Anthony’s. Last spring, the residents were spending the COVID lockdown cleaning up the multitude of tree limbs that winter storms had snapped off of the pine trees in front. The clean-up efforts last year netted six very large...

Life After Death

Around the Christian world, it is Holy Week, the annual commemoration of the final days of Jesus’ life and the beginning of his, and our, new life. Here at St. Anthony’s, it is also the second week of spring, nature’s annual recreation of life after the apparent death...

Paradox

Ice Floes in Rib River  Booming out over the Marathon County Region, the Rib River broke its chilly bonds of ice with a roar and thunder.  Huge cakes of ice skittered along the open surface of the Mighty Rib.  Fed with the mountain streams of Western Wisconsin, the...

Unexpected Blessings

What do cookies and vaccines have in common? For us at St. Anthony’s, they were both unexpected blessings. This story starts way back in February when a former employee, Cyndi, came for a private retreat. She happened to pick a quiet weekend and was the only guest in...

An Ocean of Generosity

Early March seems to be a time for gifting to St. Anthony’s. This entry appears in the House Chronicle on March 7, 1951: Machinery for Cobblers  Fraters Cassian and Carmel, the local cobblers, were all aglow when they heard they were getting new machinery for their...

Beginnings

March is a month of beginnings. It marks the beginning of meteorological spring, and the signs that winter is ending are beginning to appear in Central Wisconsin: temperatures are warmer; the snow is receding and more grass is revealed each day; we have more hours of...

Lent and Sabbath Time

It has been a few weeks since this Chronicler jumped into the way-back machine to explore what was going on fifty or seventy years ago at St. Anthony’s.  That is due partly to the scarcity of the entries in the Chronicles from February 1951 and February 1971. ...

Solidarity

We were really hoping that after the year that 2020 was, 2021 would bring more normalcy; instead it has brought us one adventure after another. After nearly two weeks of JustBob coddling and cajoling the boilers, the temperature in the house is now back to normal. Of...

Everyday Gifts

What an adventure winter in Wisconsin can be!  This winter, we had almost no snow through November, December or January.  Most days, except for a few days around Christmas, the temperatures were almost balmy.  It hardly seemed like winter at all. Then last Thursday,...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2021

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