From the Desk of Deacon Jeff Austin
Ahh, Fall, my favorite time of year!! The leaves have shown us their beautiful colors, the morning air is crisp and fresh, there is the smell of wonderful food cooking in the kitchen, the aroma of burning firewood is in the air and the summer heat and humidity is finally over!
I love to stand out on the deck in the early morning with a cup of hot coffee and watch the stars slowly fade as Orion and his faithful companion, Sirius look down from the heavens. The sun begins to peek over the eastern horizon, the geese sing their joyful song as they continue the journey south and I know that life is good.
For people of a certain age (my age) Fall is a time to reflect on our lives as we enter our own person- al autumn. I don’t know how much time I have left, I only know that God has been very good to me and I rejoice in the time and the friends He has given me. All of us should take the time to give Him thanks.
Fall is also a time to remember all those who have come and gone before us. We need to reflect on all the saints, not only the great ones recognized by the Church, but also those who are known only to God; our parents and grandparents; those priests, nuns and others who touched our lives; the countless giants of the faith and our families upon whose shoulders we stand; and the men and women who built the civilization in which we live.
Finally, there is that great feast day which brings Fall to an end (no not Thanksgiving). The Feast of Christ the King! We remember Him who makes all things new and who has promised us He will return and establish His Kingdom here on Earth and we know that Jesus keeps His promises.
As we say down south, “Happy Fall y’all!!!
Deacon Jeff Austin