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House Chronicles

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...

So It Begins

After being patient and waiting our turn, the process of clearing our woods of dead and diseased trees, as well as thinning overcrowded areas and removing trees in danger of causing severe damage if they were to fall during a storm, began last Wednesday, the afternoon of our Team Retreat. Timing...

Team Retreat

Wednesday was our Team Retreat. The day began with Morning Prayer in the chapel. After Prayer, we moved to the Hesse Lounge for a brief Team Meeting to be sure we were prepared to welcome the three groups coming in this weekend. By 10 am, we were back in retreat mode. Candy invited us to listen to...

Retreat Season

It has been a full summer, with several major projects undertaken. The goal was to complete them by the end of August, before retreat season begins again in earnest after Labor Day. The Bookstore has been moved from the North hall to the front entry, and we have already been welcoming shoppers....

The Changes We Do Not See

Over the past several months, the Chronicle has reflected many times on change and transformation. For the most part, these reflections have been about big changes happening here, noticeable changes. Also woven into the Chronicle over the past several years, there have been many references to THE...

Coming Soon . . .

. . . to a website near you! In what has been a summer of transformation, another transformation has been happening behind the scenes, and we are almost ready to unveil it. Within the next few weeks, we expect to launch our new and improved website. Just as with our Bookstore and our woods, change...

Farewell, Old Friends

JustBob had a very difficult meeting last week. It was one of those “you know what needs to be done but it doesn’t make it any easier” kind of meetings. Bill, the forester, was here to give JustBob advice regarding which trees in the woods need to be cut down, so that JustBob could pass those...

Our Amazing Volunteers

The house is quite now, but it was a beehive of activity the past week with so many of our amazing volunteers buzzing around inside and out. The week started with beautiful weather and it continued throughout the week. Temperature were warm but not unbearable, and humidity most days was in the...

Day One

Today was Day One of this year’s Volunteer Week. The weather was gorgeous with a cool breeze, blue skies, reasonable temperatures and low humidity. For those who have been here for past Volunteer Weeks, you know how rare that kind of weather is. We began with Morning Prayer in the chapel, but the...

The Nature of Things

One of the best features of St. Anthony’s is the natural world that surrounds us here. There is a peacefulness here on the grounds, and a sense of awe and wonder in creation that helps us connect with the Creator. Moreover, the nature of these things is important in our daily lives, and it can...

Reflections

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...

Questions

Where have you come from?Who are your ancestors?What has been passed down to you?What have you learned?How did you get here? Where are you going?Who have you followed?When have you led?Where do you find direction?What happened?What’s next? What do you see?What do you hear?Are you paying...

Run So As to Win

In the first reading for today’s Eucharist (Friday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time) we read the words: “Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.” (1 Cor. 9:24) We are again in football season. For older Packer fans the...

Circle Round . . .

Circle round for freedom.Circle round for peace.For all of us in prisonCircle for release. Circle for the planet.Circle for each soul.For the children of our childrenKeep the circle whole. A friend who recently spent time at our home taught me this song one evening as we were sitting out on the...

Unnamed Disciples

“…And there were also ‘many other women’ who had come up with him to Jerusalem…” (Mark 15:41; Matt. 27:55) Among the many were mothers and their daughters, women who were alone and some who were surrounded by others. There were women who made mistakes and women who suffered at the hands of those...

The Difference a Pronoun Can Make

Recently, no matter where I turn, I keep coming across the same theme.  When this happens, experience has shown me that it means,  ”Listen Up!”  The Spirit is trying to get my attention. Through a recent assembly, homily, and book, the theme that jumped out at me was,   “The...

Lilies of the Field

One of the gifts of summer is the ability to ride my bike. The St. Casimir Parish rectory where I live is located just north of Stevens Point and so I have easy access to country roads. I usually try to take a ride in the early hours of the day when the temperature is cooler and the traffic less...

Seeing

LOOKING deeply at this photograph, can you HEAR rushing water and perhaps FEEL lichens on this rough rock?  Captivated by our sense of vision, we often neglect our other sensory gifts.  Screen-time hypnosis in our modern world has aggravated this imbalance. Helen Keller, blind and deaf...

Just Keep Playing

Here’s a fun fact to start your weekend: a three-octave, non-chromatic hammered dulcimer has 46 tuning pegs. That translates to two pegs for each of 23 double-strung courses representing a total of 35 notes. Don’t spend too much time thinking about these numbers. The math may hurt your head....

How to Pray

The Gospel this coming Sunday, Luke 11:1-13, has one of Jesus' disciples asking him to teach them how to pray.  Jesus then proceeds to teach them the "Our Father." (Luke 11:2-4) "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. and forgive us our sins for we...

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