Autumn

Morning Prayer:
September 26, 2016
Prayer by Fr. Joel Konzen, SM, Principal

Good morning.  We’re halfway through the first term and halfway through the fall sports seasons.  Most of us are ready to see some genuine fall weather.  We’re officially in fall now, but this week should see us finally drop to the 80’s from the 90’s.  It’s a start.

Some of us feel like we’re moving from the heat of summer, as far as our lives go, and into autumn.  Autumn is the season in literature that symbolizes aging, moving on to the latter stages in life, maybe using all that you’ve learned along the way to aid those who are in the springtime of life, young people.  People like me have the autumn of life written all over us; you can see that we have left youth behind.  Life is richest when people in every season of life are mingling and working together to share what they know and use their skills to assist others.  Those of you who are seniors and juniors are in a different season even from the Foundations students and you use your seniority to assist the new students, just as you are definitely in a different season from those truly young people in the Early Learning Center.  This is the way a school, or any organization, flourishes: it uses the contributions of each age group to form a healthy, breathing organism that is fully alive.

The following is a short poem by Amy Lowell entitled “Autumn”:

All day I have watched the purple vine leaves
Fall into the water.
And now in the moonlight they still fall,
But each leaf is fringed with silver.

Let us pray.

O God, we bring you all that we are, always incomplete and always in need of your fulfillment, your grace.  Help us to see the silver, to see the blessing in whatever passes in front of us today, so that we might give you the praise that is due for your wonder, your magnificence, for your springtimes that become autumns and for all the days in between.  May we love you more dearly for the love of the passing of each day and the bounty that it brings.  Make us mindful of those whose days are not long and of those whose days are filled with challenge and suffering.  In all that, we praise your gracious presence, especially in the form of Jesus, your Son, who is our Lord, this day and forever.  Amen.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom. Pray for Us.

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