Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB
Author: Karen Rose OSB
November is the month for remembering: All Saints, All Souls and Veterans Day. The skies are grey, the trees are losing the last of the leaves and there’s a sense of loss, in the air. November may bring tears, as we recall people we loved who have died, but it also invites our gratitude. Thanksgiving provides a counter-balance. It isn’t a religious festival, but it carries a spiritual message: the need to look at the blessings in our lives and be thankful for them, but not in a selfish way. Rather, it calls us to look at the world, be grateful for what we have, and the people who’ve blessed our lives, whilst also being mindful of what others don’t have. It asks us to respond to Christ’s call to love our neighbor and do what we can to foster a more just and loving society. Remembrance and active gratitude are November’s message to us.