A Buffet of Blessings

Last week, after extensive thought and aviary education, Tracy decided to purchase a bird feeder to add to the east side of the yard.  He selected a "squirrel-proof" feeder to insure the food was preserved for its intended beneficiaries.  He carefully chose a spot...

Refuge for All

Earlier this fall, one of our volunteers was strolling the grounds and stopped to admire the beautiful wet lands.  She commented to Tracy that the variety of flowers and natural beauty was stunning.  Last fall, we scattered an assortment of wildflower seeds over our...

Simple Joys

The House Chronicle from Nov. 1950 contains these memories: New Phonograph  The strains of a new phonograph fill the recreation room at the opening of November.  Frater Sigmund’s parents sent a new three-speed phonograph.  Now the clerics can use long playing records...

Sharing

As the year comes to a close, I suppose it is natural to have thoughts and conversations drift toward the holidays.  After all, within the span of just two months, our nation celebrates Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.  Various faiths and cultures...

Making A Difference

The sky outside our windows on Thursday had an eerie, yellow-orange tone, and rain fell throughout the day.  It was the kind of day Fr. Tom Zelinski might call “contemplative”. Rather than taking the time to contemplate, though, everyone here at St. Anthony’s had...

Dance in the Snow

Sister Snow made her first appearance of the season on Thursday evening.  The flurries were few in number and disappeared when they hit the ground, but they brought the unmistakable message that winter is not far off.  On Friday, the flurries were larger and more...

Echoes of the Past

The House Chronicles from 1950 and 1970 were both strangely quiet for a couple of weeks.  Then just as strangely, both had substantial entries dated October 13th: 1950:  Guest Lecturer  We clerics were privileged to have Father Nerius speak to us on October 13th. ...

Second Summer

September began with temperatures below normal; in fact, they were down-right chilly.  Then JustBob fired up the boilers, and within a few days the temperatures climbed into the 70’s and even hit 80 one day.  Then last week, overnight lows were back down to to the low...

The Feast of St. Francis

The feast of St. Francis dawned frosty and cold, but Brother Sun soon began to warm Sister Mother Earth. By the time our guests were leaving after dinner it was a beautiful, crisp autumn day. It was a good day to go for a walk and appreciate the beauty of creation....

Find Answers in the Silence

Br. Jerome Schroeder, OFM Cap., has been here since Friday morning.  He came to present this weekend's Franciscan Living Retreat titled The Spirituality of Beauty.  For those of you who do not know him, Br. Jerome is a poet.  I did not sit in on the retreat as I might...

House Chronicle | The Year Of Our Lord 2020

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