Palm Sunday (5 April, 2020; Social Distancing, Day the 19th )

A few months ago, in preparation for the Women's Silent Theme Retreat that should have happened on this, the weekend of Palm Sunday, Fr. Bob rightly ordered a goodly number of palms. As you might have guessed, we did not need *quite* that many palms today. To that...

2 April, Social Distancing, Day the Sixteenth

A robin must have taken up residence somewhere near my window. I hear her chirping at dawn and at dusk, a chirping whose gentleness exceeds all gentleness. Our resident deer, on the other hand, have not done much to make their presence known over the past few weeks....

30 March, In Which Gratitude Is the Order of the Day

At the nearly-two-week point of our social distancing endeavor, I find myself alternately enjoying this introvert's paradise and wishing that it were all behind us. When I take time to reflect on this jarring juxtaposition of emotions circulating in my  heart and in...

28 March, Social Distancing, Day the 11th

Brother Wind doth rage mightily this evening against Sister Tree, whose mighty, majestic branches stand guard faithfully outside my window. Brother Thunder and Sister Lightning have even come to call. While Brother Thunder and Sister Lightning were tentative visitors...

26 March, Social Distancing, Day the Ninth

Here at St. Anthony's, life flows on in a more-or-less normal way, all things considered. Fr. Bob and Marge continue to keep the community on our collective toes with their individual and collective quick wits. They moreover continue to keep the community in good...

March 25, Social Distancing, Day the Eighth

Here at St. Anthony's, we are entering into our eighth day of social distancing. As of 8:00 this morning, the rest of the state has officially joined us in "sheltering in place." Governor Evers' office released the details of the "Safer at Home" order this morning, an...

22 March, Social Distancing, Day the Fifth

Today has been a day of marvels large and small. The first marvel was large in every sense of the word: after wading through approximately eight hours' worth of IT helpdesk consultation sessions over the span of three days, I've regained access to our website. Rejoice...

19 March, Social Distancing Day the Second

Today was a day of mindfulness. Mindfully listening to rain platsch upon rain. Mindfully communicating with family and friends. Mindfully communing with family, friends, and strangers whose lives have been twirled into uncertainty and anxiety. Mindfully holding them...

18 March – Social Distancing (Full) Day the First

I've often commented that the house somehow seems more quiet when it is full of people who are intentionally trying to maintain silence than when it is empty or nearly empty. Yet the nearly empty house of the past one and a half days has been more quiet than the most...

17 March – Social Distancing, (Half) Day the First

Here at St. Anthony's, we like to refer to "social distancing" as "returning to our roots." After all, this splendid old house was built for a cloistered community. And so the four of us burrow into our cloister. And as we burrow, we pray that our efforts at social...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2020