October 18, 2018: Autumn’s Blessing

~by Susi Pittman

Long ago in a stable, God’s face smiled, and all of creation retained it’s eternal reflection to remind humankind of His goodness.

~Susi Pittman

I used to look at the brown leaves of the north Florida autumn as a nuisance, as something that blighted the surrounding scenery. The raking and sweeping and the general aggravation to my arthritis “scaled my eyes” to creation’s magnificent display, and the true spiritual beauty that arrives right on que by divine ordination each year at this time

Not anymore. I see the falling leaves as a natural signal that now gives me pause. Their rustling in the wind calls upon me to reflect on the passing moments of this year. Their falling from the trees call me to remembrance of my life’s moments and how I dealt with them. I ponder upon the fact that there is less of my family here on Earth now, than have passed on into the next life. I acknowledge to myself that I have fewer days in front of me than I have behind me.

The leaves are like flowing sentinels calling me to the footstool of the Creator in thanksgiving. If I am still here, the Lord has His reasons, therefore there is purpose and work to be done. Two very good reasons to give thanks.

Autumn has come to signify a time of preparation for me. There is closure of the vibrant life that flourishes in spring and summer. That closure is no more reflected than in the preparations of our creature brethren in the animal world and the visual changes in the landscape of the flora. It coaxes my spirit into reflective motion, encouraging me to cherish each day and to live more enthusiastically.

The Church liturgical year is coming to a close. It is autumn in the Church. I sense my own personal “spiritual” autumn filling my heart with warmth and my mind with thoughts of love and remembrance. The beauty of the golden reds and oranges permeate the natural realm with such intensity that my soul finds it hard not to genuflect randomly throughout the day to the Divine Love that gifts such beauty.

It truly is such a wonderful way to finish the year, amid the passion of creation’s art…the Creators loving touch to all that is very good!

The smell of firewood and the warmth of the embers on autumn’s eves reminds me that I am soon to be born anew in the Christ Child, moving forward in the mission of love at Advent, a mission that is borne into each and every soul in response to His call.


Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.



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