October is a time we remember and honor our spiritual ancestor St. Francis whose feast day is the 4th. It is also the heart of the Fall season and of course, when we celebrate Halloween! What do they have in common to teach us? Maybe it is letting go. Our father Francis' life consistently spoke of letting go of anything and everything that would get in the way of our relationship with God.
Autumn seems to have a similar message as we witness the shedding of the beautiful leaves to prepare us for the winter's own quiet beauty. It's a season of letting go of one gift so we can prepare for another gift. And Halloween is a playful reminder of the masks I wear in real life – that may be hiding the most authentic and beautiful me, so perhaps I need to let go of some of them too.
In any event, may your letting go be graced and not too difficult. Know of our gratitude and prayers. Thank you for your support in so many ways which we appreciate more than you can know!
Ninth gift: Self-control Self-control begins with choice. The choices we make in life will ultimately determine who we become. The wisdom of the Ancient One says, “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. […]