Sunday, the 26th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Thérèse of Lisieux
Readings for today’s Mass
Happy those She finds doing your will! The second death can do no harm to them.
Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. It really seemed to fire off this week! The cool, spiced air washing over my head (hair receding) and my feet (still sandling). Fire off says it right too! What colors! They have just begun, but the unstoppable cascade of reds, yellows, and oranges is slowly exploding against skies turned to steel. Why do I like it so much? Why do you? 'Cause we really do like this season on the whole, don't we? It brings forth the full glory of Starbuck's fall lineup! It opens a veritable feast of warm, stick-to-the-ribs comfort foods. It is marked by the cultural liturgies, in equal parts mysterious and comforting, of Halloween and Thanksgiving. This time of the year brings warm clothes, candles, pumpkins, pies, hot drinks, scary movies, and fog. What do I like so much about this time of the year? Why is it holy to me? Well, I think I finally found expression for it in my favorite book, recently re-read (for what, the 30th time!), Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. About this time, he wrote: ...it let a man drowse easy in the falling leaves like the boys in autumn who, comfortably strewn in the dry stacks, are content to be a part of the death of the world . . .
Ah! That’s it, I think. This time of the year reminds me of what the Cross of Jesus boldly states in a human body. That when things are dying, there’s still life. When things are falling apart they can still be beautiful. And when things are old, they have only just begun. Now some words from Francis of Assisi fill my mind:
...it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. Amen.