Autumn! After the heat, vacations and activity of spring and summer, the serenity
and quiet of fall are welcomed.
Each of the seasons offers a great deal of wisdom for the spiritual journey. Autumn
is a season of transition, reminding us that our lives are constantly in flux. Sure,
change is always with us, but autumn brings us to a deeper awareness that we live
in a continual cycle of living, dying and rising.
Autumn's gifts reflect this balance between two energies: the invitation to relinquish
and to harvest. Autumn is a season of paradox that invites us to consider what we
are called to release and surrender -- what no longer serves us or what gets in the
way of being present to the holiness of each moment. Autumn also invites us to gather
in the harvest, to name and celebrate the fruit of the seeds of dreams we planted
months ago. In holding these two in tension, we are reminded that in our letting
go, we also find abundance.
The trees and perennial plants merely shed their leaves and blossoms for a while.
Then they rest and wait with hope -- refusing to despair. Our lives are like that.
We experience many autumns, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Days become shorter and the nights longer. But the blackness of evening can brings
wisdom, reflection and time to repair, rejuvenate, hope and plan. New chances and
new life are promised.
What is your life yielding this autumn? Can you recognize what you've planted and
what you've reaped, and why, in your spiritual and physical life? We need this period
of fall -- of yield and collecting and gathering -- to see where we are and in what
direction we need to go.
So, what autumn are you experiencing now? Regardless, remember God is there in all
seasons -- life and death.
Sr. Regina Fisher
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St. Mary Parish now has an APP. Text App to 88202 or it can be downloaded from the
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