Autumn brings with it changes in weather, sending many of us indoors more regularly. We experience bright, sunny days that are quickly followed by torrential rains, cooler temperatures, and even the first flakes of snow. As we move to the interiors of homes and workplaces for refuge from these weather events, it’s a good time to consider the interior of our hearts.
God is present with us at all times, of course, but autumn invites a new look inside to see where God stirs. As the leaves fall from the trees, we watch their slow descent to the ground, knowing that at other times, a burst of strong wind can blow off half the leaves from a tree in an instant. How well do we watch the movements of our spiritual selves, reflecting on what the slow breezes or strong gusts of wind signal?
Let’s see if we find some quiet time this Autumn season in the midst of this crazy Covid year with all its suffering and uncertainty to make a new effort to attend to the climate within and to discern where God calls us to go.
Adapted from a meditation on Iignatian Spirituality site.