Beautiful leaves shimmer on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus
during a foggy fall morning then in afternoon sunshine.
On a foggy fall morning, we await the predicted sunshine to reveal the trees in all their splendor reminding us of all the beauty God has created. Even more beautiful than the brightly colored leaves are our memories of those who have gone before us. For Catholics (and we urge all to join in this activity), we remember and pray for our loved ones who have gone to their reward.
November also means Thanksgiving: my favorite holiday! Let us remember and be generous to those who struggle to find reasons to be grateful. With all of the natural disasters that have devastated so much property and destroyed lives and livelihoods, many continue to struggle.
Pope Francis has declared November 19 to be the first World Day of the Poor. He wrote “Love not (only) in word but in deed.” May your hearts be full of gratitude and your hands reach out to those in need.