Honoring ALL of our Ancestors

In gratitude, I bow to all generations of my blood ancestors. In gratitude, I bow to all generations of my spiritual ancestors. 5 Earth Touchings of Thich Nhat Hahn   Now the dead move through all of us still glowing… What has been plaited cannot be unplaited…...

Listening Into Love

It was September when I was reading Mark Nepo’s sensitive, insightful book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen.  What a wonderful time of year to attempt to listen in a more intentional way.  Listening, I heard the breeze blow through the leaves, the leaves ripple as they...

For All The Saints

I’m not actually a procrastinator.  Even still, I generally find that my Friday e-blast reflections are rarely completed until… well, later than I would like. Although the deadline for each reflection is always clearly marked on my calendar, the actual writing,...

The Francis I Didn’t Know

If you are a convert to Catholicism as I am, you likely pay attention to how frequently certain Saints’ names are mentioned by others and also at Mass. Therese, (the little flower), John Vianney, Don Bosco, and even new saints like Kateri Tekakwitha and Brother Andre...

No Matter What

I confess.  I am a TV junkie.  I spend a large part of my free time watching television programs.  Recently I started re-watching The Waltons, a 1970’s series about a depression-era family living in rural Virginia.  I admit when I watched it as a teenager and young...

A Pilgrimage

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see [God’s] invisible qualities – [God’s] eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”           (Romans 1:20, New...

AUTUMN PONDERINGS

This past summer a family of robins made their home on an outside speaker on my deck.  I tried dissuading the birds from building their nest on such a precarious spot but they were determined, and I didn’t have the heart to tear the nest down.   For weeks I watched...

The Art of Detachment

In a book club to which I belong, we are reading a book titled, Jesus Today, A Spirituality of Radical Freedom.  The author is Albert Nolan.   The book examines the spirituality of Jesus and its mystic connection.  We read often of Jesus spending time in prayer...

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....

Reflections | by friends of St. Anthony’s.