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...

30 September, 2019

What joy filled these halls as Franciscan-minded people of all sorts gathered at our house for last weekend's Franciscan Living Retreat on the topic of Perfect Joy! Sr. Laura Nettles, FSPA, brought to life the relational nature of joy, and I threw in my two-cents'...

September 24, 2019

It’s been some time since I’ve chronicled, perhaps because I am still recovering from the majestic, yet slightly unnerving, experience of Saturday, 21 September. Being a night owl, I frequently find myself doing things in the middle of the night that most people would...

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...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2019