This past weekend the heat went on in our house early one morning. I woke abruptly knowing this was a sure sign of a changing season, of autumn coming upon us. In these last days this change is tangible. It is on our skin and in our lungs. Cold mornings, comfortable afternoons and evenings, with intense beautiful sunsets over the gorgeous San Francisco Bay (did you happen to see the sunset last night? Stunning!). I wake chilled, put on layers, a sweater, socks and by mid-afternoon I sit in sandals and short sleeves.
Autumn. What does autumn say to us? to you?
Balance is here, the equinox. Our exposure of sun and daylight is in harmony with darkness, nighttime. There is a natural shift which turns us inward as evening becomes more and more pronounced. It is also a time of trees, releasing their hold on green to bring forward gold, yellow, and red. It is a time of soup, warm and strong. Hot tea, hot chocolate and for many of us warm lemon juice to ward off our sore throats. I yawn more often, do you? I find sleep calling me more deeply, but even so the sun pulls me outward for half the day.
As we come upon this transition of creation, earth’s signs as well as our own personal signs of change, there is an invitation to each of us to let this season sink in and to witness the balance of who we are. Can you welcome balance into your life? both light and darkness, outward reaching and inward searching?
Maybe this shift welcomes you into new insight about what you desire, hope for and envision for yourself. This week may be a good time to take a pause, read Mary Oliver’s poem, and consider how to embrace moments of lingering where you may find “wonder and glory” in and throughout the beautiful world that surrounds you. As Mary says, “You are you, and that's for keeps.” Celebrating the balance of who we are, both light and dark, is an important part of the journey together, of the journey forward.
May autumn illuminate and draw you ever closer to this spirit inside.
Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way, by Mary Oliver
If you're John Muir you want trees to
live among. If you're Emily, a garden
Try to find the right place for yourself.
If you can't find it, at least dream of it.
When one is alone and lonely, the body
gladly lingers in the wind or the rain,
or splashes into the cold river, or
pushes through the ice-crusted snow.
Anything that touches.
God, or the gods, are invisible, quite
understandable. But holiness is visible,
Some words will never leave God's mouth,
no matter how hard you listen.
In all the works of Beethoven, you will
not find a single lie.
All important ideas must include the trees,
the mountains, and the rivers.
To understand many things you must reach out
of your own condition.
For how many years did I wander slowly
through the forest. What wonder and
glory I would have missed had I ever been
in a hurry!
Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still
it explains nothing.
The point is, you're you, and that's for keeps.
Coming Up in Campus Ministry
Moments for silence, reflection and connection this week.
Annual Blessing of Animals
In honor of the feast of St Francis, your special furry friends are welcome for a special blessing by Campus Ministry staff.
Thursday, October 3 , 2019 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm | McLean Chapel Balcony
Come together to pray a special intention for Peace on Earth.
Thursday, October 3 , 2019 @ 1:00pm | McLean Chapel
Blessed Marie Rose’s Birthday Sunday Mass Celebration
Today is Blessed Marie Rose’s 208th Birthday! Come Celebrate with us!
Sunday, October 6 2019 @ 5:00pm | McLean Chapel
Student Choir Rehearsal at 4:00pm
Blessed Marie Rose’s Birthday
Come have treats and celebrate BMR’s Birthday!
Come sign a card in gratitude for our Holy Names Sisters
Monday, October 7
LUNCH TIME in the Campus Ministry Corner/Public Market
Join us for 15 minutes of stillness in a supportive community. All are welcome!
Monday, October 7 2019 @ 1:00pm | Glass Lounge, Cushing Library
Durocher Level A Open House
Come see the new look of Durocher Level A with Treats and Fun for All!
Come meet the staff of Counseling Services (CAPs), Campus Ministry and Mission Integration!
Wednesday, October 9 2019 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm | Durocher Level A