Advent, Week I

The first week of Advent - that small, still week of a single candle's light - has been both calm and full of adventures. The week started impressively with an ice storm on the eve of December 1st followed by a snow storm that lasted through much of the day on the 1st...

27 November, 2019

This day - the day before Thanksgiving - has been a day of noises. The day dawned with the creakings and crackings and, regrettably, crashings of loftier-than-cathedral pines as they thrashed through the heavens on a frenzied, snow-driven wind. The casualties were...

20 November, 2019

Brother Power Failure! Thine arrival yesterday night did cloak us simultaneously in the darkest of darkness and the brightest of Light! It was, indeed,a  profound darkness that fell upon the house when Sister Electricity churned to a surprising stop at approximately...

November the Busy: 11-13

Ours is a winter house. Sifting snow settles on walls, woods, and roofs, insulating us from the sorrows and fears of the ordinary, blanketing us instead in contemplation of the still, silent, humble Divine. Contemplation leads to discovery of the quiet without and the...

6 November, 2019

Students. Students everywhere. Students upstairs; students downstairs. Students inside; students outside. Students in the refectory, debating the meaning of the designators "2%" and "skim" on the milk machine. Students popping out from a corridor in the basement to...

28 October, 2019

This weekend, one of St. Anthony's volunteers brought his six-year-old daughter to play in the abundance of leaves with which our lawn and woods have been blessed. Mind you, this girl is a six-year-old who knows how to PLAY in leaves. There was no timid, half-hearted...

19 October, 2019

Letzte Woche am Dienstag hatten wir Besuch aus Deutschland! There is never a dull moment at St. Anthony's. It's true that silent moments occur here with some frequency, but those moments are by no means dull: they are filled with the blessings and beauty of time to...

12 October

Hello, Sister Snow. How surprising to see you out in such full force on the 12th of October. (Please note that the accompanying photo was not taken on the 12th of October! As impressive as today's snowfall is, it isn't quite substantial enough to show up in a...

7 October, 2019

Not just two or three, but twelve (yes, twelve!), were gathered in His name today for evening prayer. What a blessing it is when our staunch little community triples its size! Today we were blessed with retreatants who have come to deepen their lives of prayer, with...

The Transitus of St. Francis

Blessings to all on this blessed day of St. Francis' passage from earthly life to eternal life! Members of the St. James and St. Anthony Secular Franciscan fraternities gathered in our house tonight to commemorate the Transitus of St. Francis, and I was honored to...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2019