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...

God Blesses the World

The words slip so quickly off the tongue, “God Bless America.”  It is a song that is sung during this time of year when we celebrate our independence.  It is sung at patriotic gatherings and often closes our Eucharistic celebrations during this season of the year.  It...

And with fear and trembling stand

Last fall, I had the privilege of spending two nights as a guest at St. Rose Convent, the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Both nights, I kept vigil with the sisters in the adoration chapel during the waning hours...

One of Us

I lived in Madison Wisconsin for about twelve years. During that time, I spent seemingly endless hours riding around on the Madison Metro bus system. Typically, I could get to my destination more quickly on my bicycle, but traffic was less terrifying, rain was less...

All My Relatives

In August, I attended a wonderful retreat in Maple Lake, MN. One of the presenters was a Lakota Sioux man, Joseph Medicine Robe, who frequently addressed us as “relatives,” and mentioned the Lakota phrase ‘mitakuye oyasin,’ which I wrote about several years back. A...

Seeing Things Differently

The recent issue of "O" Magazine contained a section on the question "What If You Saw Things Differently?" It has the stories of six persons who experienced an event that made them see the situations very differently. Making judgments, often on very little...

Life is Fragile

I´ve been reminded lately of the fragility of life. Life is so delicate, so precious, and so beautiful. But we take it for granted. We get so caught up in everyday worries, always thinking ahead to tomorrow, but tomorrow is not guaranteed. Everything we have in this...

Domestic Church

The little girl was learning to ride her two-wheeler.  Her mom, dad and older sister were watching and giving her a hand when she needed assistance.    We were privileged to watch this endeavor on our street.  One could see the pride and joy on each face as they...

What Do You Need?

Author Jan Richardson, in her book The Cure for Sorrow, offers a suggestion to begin the day with a soulful question.  That is to ask yourself, “What do I need today?”    Some days the answer will come easily.  Others, we may struggle to discern what our deepest need...

Reflections | by friends of St. Anthony’s.