Autumn’s Call and Changing Colors

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

This past week could not have been a better time for my annual retreat at our retreat house in Waterford, Michigan! The autumn changing colors called forth many an “ooh” and “ahh” from me on my drive there and back to Ohio. And during my walks in the wooded area near Vivian’s Via Rosa Retreat House, I was glad I had brought my phone along and took several pictures as the bright reds, yellows, browns and greens took my breath away and caused me to linger to drink in their beauty. Only later in reviewing my camera album I noticed that I had only taken pictures of what my narrow definition of beauty included – overlooking the broken, dying branches and dead leaves clinging to their  familiar twigs. In my musings autumn seemed to be calling me to embrace not only the brilliant and pleasant changing colors that autumn painted into my landscapes, but also the beauty hidden in the broken, suffering, and aging both within and around me. Continue reading →

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