In the Fall Triduum the movement is more inward, against the grain. The days are shortening, the leaves are fallen, and the earth draws once again into itself. Everything in the natural world confronts us with reminders of our own mortality.
In other words, A Reversal.
I've been giving a lot of thought to Advent lately, partly as preparation for my own inward journeying, and partly for the purpose of preparing a retreat for some people in our church. So I keep bringing it up with friends, one of whom has declared Advent her favorite season. Another said he thinks we should observe Advent by taking away one thing every day. I liked Ted's idea, and we talked about ways we might put that into practice. There are plenty of things in our lives that we could easily live without.
The weather has stayed so mild, this morning may even have been our first real frost, not a killing one, and they say it will be back up in the 70's in the next few days. Whether due to El Nino, or God, or Climate Change, I do not know, but I'm experiencing this as Gift, and am grateful to have morning glories, nasturtiums, the red geranium, and my cosmos still blooming:
And I'm attempting to reverse my reactions to my sisters by creating this list, and also journaling as I did just this morning: You know none of these women personally, have never gone for a walk with them, had a private conversation, let yourself be openly curious or compassionate or listened honestly. You have only glimpses to go on, and sound bytes of some of their very worst moments. And I realize that if a woman (or any person) does very much public speaking at all there are inevitably going to be blunders, misspeaks, gaffes, and faux pas, even without the misrepresentation provided by the media.
I'm Just Sayin'.
http://www.stbenedictcenter.com/ And I'm serious when I say this. If you are planning a retreat in the next year, consider going to the Benedictine Center (Scuyler, Nebraska, near Omaha) for the retreat Fr. Gillick offers in July 2016.
I plan to share some insights from today's time with him in my next post.
And this little gem just arrived in my phone earlier: