18 September, 2019

It seems that summer - or something very much like it - has returned to Marathon. The grey, wind-scuttled sky outside my window has a distinctly autumnal appearance, but I know that a wave of unpleasant heat and humidity will wash over me the minute I step outside....

14 September, 2019

Sister Moon, what beauty is yours in your fullness! There was surely no place on earth more beautiful in the midnight vigils from Friday into Saturday than our still, dark courtyard, slivered with shadows and silvered with your light.  Praise God in all his marvelous...

10 September, 2019

Heavy rains through the night on Monday-into-Tuesday brought rising temperatures and rain-forest levels of mugginess to Marathon today. It feels like spring is trying to insert itself into the cycle of seasons at the wrong time. Happily, the weather forecast suggests...

9 September, 2019

It seems that most of St. Anthony's pigeon population has taken up residence on the roof of the porch that juts out beneath the windows of my room. Their wings are noisy. But I like the pigeons, with their cooing, murmuring reminders of gentleness, softness, and shiny...

6 September, 2019

Summer has ended, and we're gearing up for a new retreat season. This weekend, we welcome our friends from the Diocese of La Crosse's Deacon Formation Program and Lay Formation Institute. We also welcome a group of youthful Confirmation candidates from the Catholic...

1 September 2019

There is little to report on this holiday weekend; those of us who live at St. Anthony's are taking time to enjoy the sublime retreat stillness that permeates this house, but that often gets muted by the mundane busyness of ringing phones and rapidly multiplying...

28 August, 2019

Hail, August Autumn! Please stay and visit for a while. Your cool days and chill nights have allowed us to silence the summer's perpetually churning fans. What a gift it is to listen - calming our hearts, our minds, and most of all our ears - as the hallways of this...

25 August, 2019

I've been remiss in my chronicling duties, having spent the weekend tending to the needs of two separate retreats: as accompanist for one retreat and as co-facilitator with Tammy Barthels and Dawn Anderson for another. Dawn set each of us a homework task; namely, to...

22 August, 2019

Brother Autumn will no doubt be here soon in all of his colorful splendor! He has already gifted us with refreshingly cool nights and invigoratingly dry days. This particular day was invigorating not just because of the crisp weather but because of the stillness of...

20 August, 2019

The House catches its breath, and so do I, before the next busy weekend begins. I took the day off to get caught up, but is one ever really "caught up" in the ministry of hospitality? There's always another retreat to be given, another guest to be welcomed, another...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2019