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House Chronicles

Gratitude for Many Blessings

We are blessed! As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all the blessings we have enjoyed and continue to enjoy. Beyond just being grateful for all the gifts we have received from God, the giver of all gifts, which we should do every day, we can carry our gratitude farther and consider...

Footprints in the Snow

Thursday we welcomed 34 guests. Friday, we added 20 more guests. Saturday, we welcomed another 31 guests and said goodbye to 64. Sunday, we said goodbye to 21, then prepared to welcome 72 later that afternoon. The last of the guests left on Tuesday afternoon. It was a very busy six days! Monday,...

Salute to Service

Friday is Veterans’ Day, a day set aside by our nation’s leaders to honor all those who have served in the military. A certain professional sports league commemorates our country’s military veterans throughout the month of November with their Salute to Service at each stadium in the league. Here...

Privilege and Responsibility

One might imagine that since the friars were living a somewhat isolated life here at St. Anthony’s back in 1952, they would be unconcerned with the affairs of the rest of society. And further, since this was a religious community, one might imagine that politics was a subject to avoid. However,...

Season of Gratitude

Next week we will be entering November, and depending on your focus, it is either time to focus on gratitude or time to focus on Christmas preparations. Here at St. Anthony’s, this is most definitely the time to focus on gratitude. It is the season of our Annual Appeal. Each day, when the postal...

Next Steps

The new Bookstore has been in place, open and operating for a couple of months now. We always had a plan for what to do with the space that used to house the Bookstore, and a busy weekend in November is prompting us to take the next steps sooner rather than later, so our weekly team meeting was a...

What Would We Do?

There are weeks like this past week that I think to myself, “What would we do without our volunteers?” Last week, Tracy and Donna took advantage of the mild autumn weather to clean out the last of the garden produce, pick apples from our apple trees, and clean out the dead plants from the...

Ordinariness

We have been busy as a beehive here lately. Some of the busy-ness is ordinary, some of it seasonal, and yet nothing in and of itself seems “Chronicle-worthy”. But, perhaps, taken all together, we might find something worth sharing. We have had groups coming in and out every weekend for a month...

Reverence

A Capuchin walked into a retreat center . . . That may sound like the beginning of a joke, but for us, it was the beginning of a great weekend of prayer and pondering, singing and sharing, rest and reflection, challenge and celebration. Fr. Dan Crosby was with us to present our Franciscan Living...

Autumn Arrives

Thursday is the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in north central Wisconsin, fall officially arrived at 8:03 pm Thursday. Fall weather arrived a bit earlier, coming in on Wednesday morning after a storm passed through overnight Tuesday. The cooler temperatures and lower humidity...

Reflections

Advent Prayer

This prayer came to me several years ago as a gift. Some writing is like that, as if an angel is whispering the story into my ear, and I am taking dictation. This was a beautiful lesson to me that Christmas, and I have returned to it since as a reminder of that lesson. In Advent, we are gathering...

Cat Tales, Part 2

Several months ago, I wrote about my new roommate named Petey, an older feral cat. At some point his medical needs were obvious and he was provided with the care he required at the foster home before coming to live with me. When you were first introduced to Petey, I wrote how he was teaching me...

Mourning Doves

I live in the rectory of St. Casimir Parish, just north of Stevens Point. Being out in the country I am blessed with the sights and sounds of a variety of birds. Since arriving here three years ago, mourning doves seem to find the rectory a welcome place to visit. There is ample roof space on...

Being Autumn

“There is visible in all thingsan invisible fecundity,a dimmed light,a meek namelessnessa hidden wholeness.This mysterious Unity and Integrityis Wisdom, the Mother of all…”Thomas Merton After the riotous palette of autumnal reds-golds-oranges has faded, replaced by an audible carpet of brown,...

On the Way to Sainthood

Do you ever feel like All Saints’ Day is the unattainable celebrity version of All Souls’ Day? Perhaps you find yourself thinking my faith will never be that strong. My life could never be that exemplary. My works will never have such an impact. Let’s take St. Augustine of Hippo as an example. His...

Time of Year

As I was driving to work one day I noticed a harvested corn field. There in the middle of the field stood one lonely corn stock. It was missed by the machinery but it looks tall and strong standing at attention almost. What happened? How did it get missed? Reflecting on this observation I wondered...

Lost on Gratitude Road

A few weeks ago, as Autumn was just in its earliest days, I decided it would be a great idea to visit an area farm stand as the harvest was coming in and perhaps, buy some of the wonderful things our farmers produce. It would be worth the trip! The day was summerlike, but the trees told us Fall...

Franciscan Reflection on the Prayer for Peace

Make me a channel of your peace. May I offer compassion to the families of the victims of violence.Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. May I offer compassion to the perpetrators of violence.Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord. May I ask forgiveness from those I may have hurt.And...

Listening to the Voice of Creation

In the last several weeks as I took my daily walks, I have heard the call of the migrating geese. This has triggered some good childhood memories while on my grandmother’s farm. The tall grasses and leaves have a spicy musty smell. I could be invisible as I would lay in the tall grasses and golden...

Remembering a Witness

I have in my kitchen a cupboard dedicated to cookbooks. They include many that were products of various parishes and given to me by friends. One that is especially important was compiled by members of my home parish and includes recipes from people I knew as a child. Some, of course, are my...

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