Dear Quad Parishes Family:
LEAVES, LEAVES, LEAVES and more LEAVES. What a colorful, if not short-lived facet of this time of year. The sights and the sounds of this season are unique. The colors of the leaves; brilliant gold, red and even a few purple, unless, like us, you have oak trees, then you have acorns and brown leaves. The acorns sound like someone is throwing stones on your roof. There are the sounds as well; children stomping and scuffing through the fallen leaves; the crunch under their feet. I even smelled burning leaves (I think a neighbor burned some in his fire pit.) The problem with leaves though is a universal problem for most things of beauty and uniqueness; there is a downside to them. It’s called raking. Even if you have a monster leaf blower, there’s no way to lessen the reality of rakes, blowers and old sheets to carry the fallen beauties. Even Fritz decided that raking wasn’t going to be as much fun in his 4 year old life as watching “Scooby Doo”.
How fitting that the leaves fall as the Church draws near to the end of the liturgical year. Soon we will be finishing the Gospel of Matthew; celebrating Christ the King and going through the reflection time of Advent, which begins another Church year. This Saturday we not only change our clocks but we celebrate what we, as Christ’s followers, are all called to strive toward; sainthood. We are called to work towards holiness; notice I did not say perfection! All Saints Day and All Souls Day is our opportunity to celebrate the sainthood of our beloved deceased and our eventual union with them. We get the chance to remember their lives, the impact that they had on us and to ask for their intercessions as we continue the work of the Gospel; to love God and to love others as He has loved us.
So, as you rake, or blow your leaves, talk to God about the wonders of His gifts to us; thank Him for those who have gone before us and joyfully contemplate the beautiful colors which He bestows on us every Fall.
Peace & Blessings,