The word autumn comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year. Autumn is associated with the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons; a strong association with the start of a new school year and football season; and, a kaleidoscope of color in the foliage of all kinds of trees.
Autumn has often been associated with melancholy. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, and many people turn inward, both physically and mentally.
As more of us return from "vacation mode" and get back to our regular routines, we should think about turning our thoughts to the blessings of Our Lord and what He has provided for us all...a chance to change, like the seasons, so that there is room for new growth and sustenance in our hearts and souls.
"For every leaf, that twirls
the breeze, May useful hints and lessons give; The falling leaves and fading trees Will teach and caution us to live..."
"Autumn," John Clare, 1821
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