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...

Land of the Free?

Our country celebrates our independence again this weekend.  The original independence was our separation from England at the beginning of our country. Since then our citizens have been proud of our independence and we have sung of the “land of the free.” And over the...

Who Are My Neighbors?

During our safer-at-home stay, my neighbors are the only people I had visited with face-to-face.  We would see each other at our mail boxes, while walking our narrow road, or outside while tending to our yards. While keeping safe distances, we discussed how we each...

As Luck Would Have It

“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” - Lou Gehrig June 19, 1903, marks the birthday of Lou Gehrig, the “Iron Horse” New York Yankee from 1923-1939.  Voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers Association in...

REDEFINING FREEDOM

In the United States we are not free.  In the United States we are all still enslaved by the long shadow of slavery; recent events make this clear. In the United States as a collective body of souls, we need to increase our resilience.  Resilience is the capacity to...

DIGNITY

“Dignity is an internal state of peace that comes with the recognition and acceptance of the value and vulnerability of all living things.” - Donna Hicks, Dignity: Its’ Essential Role in Resolving Conflict A police officer kneels on the neck of a black man until he is...

Ode To A Dear Friend

I met Fr. Bob Streveler during St. Anthony's Volunteer Week in the summer of 2015.  I have to admit that I was a little bit intimidated by him.  After all, he had a powerful voice and a confident gait.  And he was probably at least a foot taller than my 5'3”.  Plus,...

Reflections | by friends of St. Anthony’s.