Poverty

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit” are the familiar words that begin the 8 beatitudes.  The New English Bible translates it differently: “Blessed are those who know their need of God.”  Poverty is knowing that I have a need for God, a need for others.   In January of...

“Ignorance is Willfully Looking Away”

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. Helen Keller   For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me....

I Will Pray for You

I am no stranger to large bells.  As a student and a professor, I encountered large bells in the carillons or bell towers of the campuses where I studied or worked. (If you’re ever on the campus of Denison University in Granville, OH, and hear the bells in the tower...

THANKS GRAMPS

Labor Day always brings to mind my grandfather, Vernon Cane, affectionately known as Gramps. In the late 1940’s he worked very hard to unionize his fellow workers at the factory where he was employed. He had witnessed several accidents due to unsafe working...

The Sunflower Agenda and The Our Father

This is the Summer of my Discontent.  Or rather, the Summer of Discarded Plans.  Do you, perhaps, make a lot of summer plans?  I didn’t realize I had, until almost all of them had to be shelved.  In few words, I was selected as one to help launch a new department at...

Living Stones

We all see the stone fence along the road every time we come to St. Anthony’s.  It stands as a sentinel, guarding this holy place. But I wonder how many have every really looked at it, studied it, meditated on it.    I have often stopped to look closely at the stones...

What’s In a Name?

A name is often the first thing we learn about someone we meet, and often the first thing we share with them about ourselves.  A name can be more than just our identity. We can be protective of our “good name”. For some who are married, their name can proclaim their...

In the Beginning…

was the land - rich, fertile land.  The land was warmed by the sun and refreshed by the waters of the Rib River, the rains of summer and the snow of winter.   The land teemed with a variety of trees, flowers and other plant life that invited deer, birds, rabbits, fish...

Power of Prayer

“Did you say your prayers?”  These are the words my mother spoke to me almost daily at bedtime.  Little did I know how much those simple words limited my understanding of prayer.  As a child, bedtime prayer was a repetitious recitation of “Now I lay me down to sleep”...

A Summer’s Dream

At the beginning of this beautiful summer day I want to hold the morning close, like a little child with all its freshness and sweetness, before the world encroaches to steal away its precious innocence. I want to shelter and protect the birds, the apple trees, the...

Reflections | by friends of St. Anthony’s.