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Autumn Meditations: Weekly Message for 9-27-16
Dear Fellow Digital Pilgrim, pax Christi:
Once again, my favorite time of year has rolled around: autumn. Growing up in northeastern Ohio, I had the blessing to enjoy all the delicious and beautiful characteristics of fall. I loved autumn then, and I still love it now.
Recently, Liguori Press gave me an opportunity to share my love for this season, and to describe the many spiritual treasures God has hidden in its mesmerizing beauty. The little book Autumn Meditations, third in a series of four seasonal meditation books, unpacks the divine lessons woven into fall by reflecting on nature and on life. If you enjoyed the first volumes, Spring and Summer Meditations, you will like this one even more. And if you haven’t had a chance to dip into this series yet, the more contemplative atmosphere that autumn tends to stir up may be a good time to do so.
One aspect of these books that I am especially excited about is their accessibility. I purposely wrote them in a way that would make them easy reading even for someone not familiar with theology and not used to praying. Most of our digital pilgrims and missionaries here at RCSpirituality are familiar with theology and prayer. But all of us know some people who aren’t, some people who may unknowingly be in search of a way to jumpstart their spiritual lives. Autumn Meditations is a perfect gift to help make that happen.
And if the hustle and bustle of starting a new school year has made it hard for you pray as you wish, it’s not too late. The liturgical feast of the Archangels is coming right up, and Invisible Allies, our Retreat Guide on St. Michael and the Archangels, can help you slow down for an hour or two (or three, or four) in order to tune back in to what God is doing in your heart.
Before signing off, I want to thank once again all our digital missionaries who continue to help us produce and offer resources like Invisible Allies. Keeping them online and available for free is only possible because of the generosity of many of our users. You really are part of our team, and we are truly grateful for your generosity.
Keep counting on our prayers. God bless you!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr John Bartunek, LC, SThD