Listen to Your Heart

While driving, I heard Roxette’s Listen to Your Heart come on the radio. That refrain stuck with me in a way which is often The Spirit’s way of saying “listen up”. God speaks to us in such a way.  We hear, see, read or think in a way that gets our attention and...

Awareness

March 27th, 1845, marks the birthday of German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, the recipient of the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.  Dr. Roentgen was awarded this prize for a discovery that he had not set out to find but rather stumbled upon. His finding, which...

Praying Through Fear

The topic for this reflection is frighteningly obvious, Covid19. Each day we hear how the pandemic keeps spreading.  With each new development so grows the uncertainty and fear.  I pray that every one reading this is healthy and safe. I think the "flood gates”...

On Technology and the Divinity of Being Human

Smooth wood nestles between my fingers; a sharp edge scores my knees; elegant fretwork and crenellated shadows delight my eyes, lifting me up from the superficial towards the Divine. The first strikes of the hammers produce a whisper-like chiming that insulates me...

God Lives in Us

Dame Julian of Norwich was a medieval mystic who lived in the 14th century.  She believed that our soul was so profoundly rooted in God and treasured by him that we cannot know it without knowing God first.  “For he loved us before he made us, and after we had been...

Assist Us As We Pray

“Be with us, God of glory, assist us as we pray.”  These are the words of the invocation for Morning and Evening praise here at St. Anthony’s.  As often as I have prayed these words, it was only recently that I began to ponder these words and their meaning. Honestly,...

And Now…That Moment

In my Parish, the Crucifix hangs about midway down the center aisle.  As a somewhat recent convert to Catholicism, this image of our Lord was not part of my former Protestant visual language. It’s very curious to me that it wasn’t, now.  We had crosses of every shape...

THIN PLACES

In October I went on a tour of the “thin places” in Ireland.  I’ve heard the term “thin places” before but never actually understood what they are.  Generally speaking, in Celtic spirituality, a thin place is where the veil between heaven and earth is lifted.  It is a...

Walk in His Footsteps

In the past one hundred years many people – many different kinds of people – have found their way to 4th street in Marathon and turned left through that stone gate and into the grounds of St. Anthony’s.  In the early years it was young Capuchin friars who came here to...

A Movement Toward Light

Winter in the northern hemisphere brings with it many days of darkness, but yet as we continue through the days of January there is a difference that occurs. For many years I walked in the early morning with a friend. We noticed that sometime in the middle of January,...

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