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Earth Day

Earth Day, which takes place annually on April 22, has a dual purpose. The first is to educate and bring awareness to everyone about the damage humans are causing to our common home. The second is to promote action to, at a minimum, decrease the ongoing damage, and hopefully also do something to...

It’s Nice to Be Appreciated

Last week, the Board of Directors invited all of the team members - staff and residents - to an appreciation lunch. It was their way of tangibly expressing their gratitude for the efforts the team makes week in and week out to keep St. Anthony’s going.  The team was not allowed to do anything -...

A Most Generous Gift

St. Anthony's is humbly honored to announce that we have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the Thomas and Marilyn Kraemer Trust. Tom and Marilyn were long-time area residents, owning and operating several funeral homes in Marathon County, including one here in Marathon. Their gift will...

Brother, It’s Cold Outside

Those words have certainly crossed our minds this week, and they might have echoed through the halls of St. Anthony’s seventy years ago, based on these two Chronicle entries from mid-January 1954: Cold Weather The 12th of January was the first day this winter that the reading on the thermometer...

Mission: Impossible

Those two words might describe how it feels to be our Center Director. Yet, like every episode of the TV show, Jackie Kellner somehow manages to get the mission accomplished. Although unlike the TV show, it rarely happens in under an hour. In fact, it often takes much more than her 40 hour work...

Holy Encounters

During Advent and the Christmas season, we hear many Scripture stories about holy encounters. We hear of an angel’s visit to Mary, Mary’s visit with Elizabeth, the shepherds and the wise men visiting the infant, the Holy Family meeting Simeon and Anna in the temple, and finally an angel’s visit to...

Christmas Break

‘Twas the week of Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. . . . Well, to be honest, there weren’t any two-legged creatures around the house for a couple of days to confirm that no four-legged creatures, or winged creatures for that matter, were stirring....

Awe and Wonder

Each year when we deck our halls for Christmas, we set up many, many nativity scenes. One goes under the tree, many more go on the window ledges in the front hall, others are scattered throughout the building, and of course this one goes outside. We have so many that some years, we don’t even get...

Community

In last week’s Chronicle, I wrote about the many reasons people come to St. Anthony’s. One of the reasons was to build a deeper relationship with others, or in other words, build community. This past Saturday was a great opportunity for community building at the annual Holly Days celebration...

Welcome Seekers

Folks are often surprised when we tell them that not only are non-Catholics are welcome here, but they come here and are a fair share of our guests. Mostly, they seem to believe that our Catholic roots somehow preclude us from welcoming other Christians, or non-Christians, or even those who are...

Reflections

Wondering and Pondering

Trinity --- Mystery --- that seemingly unexplainable happening in life and beyond.   I have childhood memories of my parents, parish priests, and summer classes with the School Sisters of Notre Dame trying to help me understand what/who God was all about. While the Baltimore Catechism provided...

The “Right” (Left?) Perspective

My aunt bought me a set of left-handed pencils for Christmas. I’ve always appreciated her thoughtfulness in buying products designed specifically for lefties. This time, my gratitude was coupled with amusement at the thought of a pencil being “left-handed.” I mean, what exactly would distinguish a...

Drawers

For some strange reason, I’ve been thinking about drawers. I think it is safe to say that every household has a drawer(s) into which they shove things that probably have no more rhyme or reason of being together than convenience – i.e., we say to ourselves, “Well, I don’t know where to put this...

Sacred Awe

Have you ever been blessed with sacred awe? This is my term for something that you were not expecting to experience or you did not plan to see. But it happened and you thank God because you feel so blessed to have experienced this moment. I recently had a sacred awe. One evening not too long ago I...

Do You Need Pruning in Your Life?

The Easter Season gives us an opportunity to focus more deeply on our relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the gospels we hear about Jesus in a number of ways. In one gospel we learn of Jesus appearing to the disciples showing them the wounds in his hands and feet. On another Sunday we hear of...

Revival

For days I had awaited the coming of spring.  In Wisconsin, it comes late and hesitant, often with unexpected snowstorms. It was now early April, but green grass had not been seen since December.  I loved watching for the change of seasons. The very beginning was always elusive. When did the first...

Power of Imagination

Here we see a pair of slipper socks, right? Those with a more imaginative eye might transform these same socks into sleeping bags for small, porcelain children. According to Father Anthony DeMello, S.J. in his book Sadhana a Way to God, imagination can be a “valuable element in our prayer life, as...

Home is Within, The Journey Home

I believe that home is within. I am the dwelling place. Is my dwelling place welcoming and peaceful, or unfriendly and selfish? What kind of home is being built? Am I moving toward Source or away? Listening to my spirit conversing with what I call Source has not let me down. It’s not separate from...

To the Cross . . . and Beyond

I have to say that Lent is my favorite liturgical season. Perhaps it is because I take more time to reflect, to fast, pray, and give alms. It is not that I don't do this type of reflection in other seasons, but I seem to be more intentional about it during Lent.  This journey begins on Ash...

Palm Sunday

As I get older, I notice I have more and more mixed feelings about more and more things. There is less certainty about the meaning, or description of many things: Church, eternal life, the nature of the Trinity, being a citizen of the United States, my role as a Catholic priest. I think of all...

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