October- Autumn- Poems, Prayers and Thoughts

The UK expects the arrival of much colder and windier winter weather this weekend. The Daily Mail has some spectacular images here from yesterday and today showing us that these days Autumn is not necessarily always one of mists and mellow fruitfullness as in the traditional images below and Keats poem to Autumn here.

 Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We'll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure.

~Thomas Wolfe

 A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.
~ Eric Sloane

Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and colour and a time of maturity;
but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. 

What man can stand with autumn
on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling
hills that reach to the far horizon?

~ Hal Borland

Autumn Prayer

God of all creation,
you give us the gift of seasons to mark our journey through time.
The season of autumn, with its change of colours and falling
leaves, reminds us that sometimes things must die and fall away for new life to arise.
Such is the message of the cross
that through death to self we find life in all its richness.
In those moments when we experience setbacks for failures,
help us to remember that you are with us always,
and that there is no failure or sin your love cannot heal.
Help us to trust in you and in your promise of new life.

Peter Jarret, C.S.C.

This is an excerpt from The Notre Dame Book of Prayer

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