“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” (Albert Camus). Autumn and spring seem to be opposites, both seasons that bring their own beauty, but distinct from one another. The quote by Camus invites us to begin thinking about these seasons in a new way and, maybe, to look for a deeper message. Yes, it’s autumn in the northern hemisphere, but in the southern hemisphere, it’s spring. Nature balances our world; she creates a sacred circle which encompasses two opposites. Our southern hemisphere sisters and brothers are celebrating the season of new life springing up all around while we celebrate earth coming to its fullness. We’re reminded that autumn and spring are not so far apart; one depends on the other. Creation is not a series of separate pockets, but an interrelated whole. Similarly, each one of us is a unique individual, but we cannot function alone. We need one another.
by Karen Rose, OSB