CommUNITY

Fr. Vincent Donovan has a story about serving as a priest in Tanzania.  After spending a year preparing a group of Maasai he had to decide who seemed ready and who needed more study. Ndangoya, the oldest man, politely, but firmly, said to him: “Padri, why are you...

“Silence….”

"Silence is never merely the cessation of words.  Silence is fullness, not emptiness. It is not absence, but the awareness of a presence." John Chryssavgis ¹   “We do not hear silence; rather, it is that by which we hear.  We cannot capture silence; it must...

These Living Stones

When approaching St. Anthony’s, the first thing I encounter is a beautiful stone wall.  Originally, this wall was built to protect the seminarians from the distractions of the larger society found “outside of the wall”. In medieval times, walls surrounded the city;...

Happy New Year!

New Year Now down the clock’s face run The hours and minutes one After one and soon they gather And rush to the end of this night Not noticing the wild voices Ringing in their fears  Of all things passing in the years That have gone into silent flight. Now looking...

We’re All Under the Same Star…right?

I’m writing this reflection just before Christmas, and it will e-mail on the 27th.  I hope all of you had a safe and blessed Christmas.  And now we look forward to celebrating Epiphany! May the Lord reveal himself in that mystery ever greater, under that magnificent...

Reason for the Season

Greetings and Salutations I’m Robert Wiessinger.  I’ve been volunteering at St. Anthony’s for a couple of years now as a Host.  Now I’m trying my hand as a Reflection Contributor. I have spent hours and hours ruminating over Scripture passages and Catechism sections...

Two Advent Journeys

We are a small group of women who made a commitment to one another to journey together through the first three weeks of Advent, taking time out of our busy schedules and over-crowded calendars to find a sense of peace and meaning together.  We responded to a call to...

From Darkness to Light

As Wisconsinites, we live much of December in more darkness than light.  With the actual beginning of winter, the hours of daylight increase. These days in December coincide with our celebration of the liturgical season of Advent.  When I walked with a friend in the...

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Hearts full of feeling, Tongues short of words, We come with bowed heads To eat pies and birds. “Thanks,” we whisper in mumbled tones, Humble joy bubbling inside, Knowing well in our bones Less is what we deserve. Yet the Lord doesn’t ask, He who came to...

Thank God!

Martin Rinkart was a German Lutheran deacon during the time of the Thirty years war and a plague that swept through Central Europe.  During this terrible time in history he buried five thousand of his parishioners and wrote a song that we often sing: “Now Thank we all...

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