Right now I’m staring at my computer because I am praying that I can cover three very important beauties about the season of autumn and about the month of November in our Catholic tradition.
Part 1 A short reflection about autumn by Sr. Joyce Rupp & Macrina Wiederkehr
“As the hemisphere of the planet slowly continues to tilt away from the sun, the season of autumn comes on stage. Autumn has a distinctive change of personality from spring and summer. This is the season that has often been associated with melancholy. Its mood is mysterious and nostalgic. The reason autumn is often called fall is not necessarily because leaves fall from trees. This is the season when the Earth slowly falls away from the sun and light rays are lessening. Autumn holds fragments of the other seasons in transformative arms.”
“The season of autumn will not stay with us forever. It will fall into the womb of winter. In this dark resting place another dimension of growth will reveal itself. Each season’s entrance and departure is part of the gracious turning of the circle of life. Autumn will return to the land and to our lives when it is time. The wheel keeps turning.”
Just a few days ago as I was leaving my friend’s house, I was immediately attracted to this beautiful ruby red oak leaf. I slowly began to bend over to observe its beauty and then picked it up. My girlfriend laughed with joy as she said only ‘one’. I have been raking all day, so please take another. So I did and then she said and here is one from me, now you have a trinity. Those leaves have now been tucked away in one of my favorite books to dry and become a memory of the beauty of friendship and the autumn season. *Take some time to embrace the beauty of autumn.
Part 2 November is Black Catholic History Month: An Invitation to Remember.
Bro. Robert has helped to create some beautiful handouts about the influence of the history of Black Catholic saints and Black Catholics that are awaiting sainthood. To learn more go tohttp://www.hopesingssobeautiful.org/index.php/2014/11/13/black-catholic-month-...
Today is the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today is the last Sunday of Ordinary time. It is also the last Sunday in the Year of Mercy – this year during which we have remembered that Jesus is the Face of the Father’s Mercy.” (Pope Francis). We have a King and he is Jesus. The Mercy of our God will always be with us, to accompany us. Nothing can really separate us from his love and mercy. We are about to enter a Season in which we will exercise our longing for the Light in the midst of all darkness. And, when we get dis-couraged – that is drained of all of our courage – we can run to Jesus and let him look at each of us – as King of the Universe- and say, you are not alone in this. Amazing Peace, Joni