Blizzards and snowstorms often remind us of our childhood days. Blizzards often meant days free from school, or perhaps a way of earning a little money shoveling snow. For certain it meant the unexpected. As we age, our way of seeing snow has changed, and not always for the better. We might try to lift our spirits by saying, “Well, the farmers need the moisture.” That might even leave us feeling slightly virtuous. We forget that if farmers need moisture, so do we, because we need the farmers and what they provide. Whether we like blizzards or snowstorms or not, we ask God to keep people safe and warm, to care for our earth, and to open our hearts and minds so we can recognize who needs our help and concern right now. We are all in this together, regardless of weather or season. May God assist us in being good neighbors and friends.
by Stefanie Weisgram, OSB