The Summer “meditation” is various. This year the season is as rainbowed as the garden, the woods, the noises and smells of an August day:
“Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;”
(Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.)
and perhaps a prayer for the grace to breath it in: not just “smell the coffee” but the popcorn at that stand in Olcott, or the smoke that flows from those Sunday parish BBQs everywhere in our Diocese all Summer long, the sailboats on all the lakes, swimming pools, a drive through the Southern Tier, picnics, parks: whatever makes these months such a gift!
All the food stands, rich with fresh vegetables from the Eden paradise of WNY, made your writer think of Blessed Frédéric, our patron.Although born in Italy he grew up in France, in Lyon, that city noted among other things for the rare quality of its foods.How rich the country there must have been to have given birth to such richness.But with the young man who ventured off to Paris to study, the nourishment was spiritual.He became with his fellow students a light in the darkness.With his fellow students, he became the presence of Christ.With the good spiritual guidance of Blessed Sr. Rosalie, he made a difference.
It’s not that much different now.
There are programs which serve the poor; but few who bring firewood to starving widows as Blessed Frédéric did as his first work for the new Society.The work which constantly inspires is not simply the one which asks “Why?” but also the people who make sandwiches, gather coats and foods and meet and pray.The Spiritual and the Material meet in a way we seldom see and always need.
So, make the Summer, ending fast, time to re-energize and nourish yourself, mind and body, spirit and heart with all the gifts that it brings to give in to the Spirit God invites us to dive into.What a difference we all can make.
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