There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

As a child, Joseph Calderon was homeless, living with his parents in their station wagon.  Hungry, they stopped for Kentucky Fried Chicken and discovered that they had only enough cash to feed, “little Joey”.  Joey’s father burst into the restaurant, hopped the...

The Dignity of Labor

In the Gospel we heard proclaimed this past Sunday, Jesus rebuked Peter for thinking “not as God does” but as human beings think.  In a couple of weeks, we will hear the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16), another Gospel that will underscore the...

The Little Things

Every year of the decade-or-so that I lived in Madison, Loran Miller would recruit me, as summer meandered into autumn, for the harvest. Handing me two plastic five-gallon buckets and pointing me in the general direction of the wheelbarrow, which I would need when the...

FORGIVENESS

Who in your life do you find it hardest to forgive?  (Hold that question for now.)  Forgiveness, according to Webster, is an act of forgiving.  To forgive means to cease to feel resentment against an offender. Forgiveness can be both hard and easy in the negative...

Words

I worked for more than 20 years as a legal assistant.  Words were very important in everything I did at work, from e-mails and letters to legal documents.  Words were carefully chosen to convey the intended message and to avoid misunderstanding or uncertainty whenever...

The Season of Clare

3 Things: ~Planting an herb garden is challenging. ~Herbs have the power to transform other things. ~St. Clare of Assisi is in the transforming business. Have you ever planted an herb garden?  I decided to in the Spring.  The seeds were like dust, so fine, flyaway. ...

KEEPING SABBATH

In the beginning of this pandemic when the churches were closed and we could no longer honor the Sabbath as we used to with Mass and church services, I felt lost.  Sunday just wasn’t the same, and the rest of the week felt all askew because I didn’t have my time at...

The Beauty of God

A couple weeks ago, I was driving to someone’s house to buy an antique mahogany dresser for my daughter’s room.  I was willing to drive an hour away to buy it, and I was willing to pay more than I normally would pay for a dresser.  Why?  Because I thought it was...

To Whom Are You Yoked?

We don’t hear the word “yoke” very often.  When we do, we might have a negative reaction.  A yoke; being bound to another, takes away our freedom.  Presently, we hear from the Gospel of Matthew when we attend liturgy, either in person or online.    A few Sundays ago,...

Life Lessons from an Orchid

"Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living...

Reflections | by friends of St. Anthony’s.