October 17, 2019

Dear Friends:

“Now is the time for turning.” It is fall, and as we watch the leaves turn, we are reminded of the changes needed in our own lives. Our Jewish friends have just celebrated the holy day of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. (Which I always remember as “at-one-ment” – confessing our sins and making ourselves one again with the Lord.) In the liturgy for this sacred observance, we find these profound words:

Now is the time for turning. The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red to orange. The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the south. The animals are beginning to turn to storing their food for the winter. For leaves, birds and animals, turning comes instinctively. But for us, turning does not come so easily. It takes an act of will for us to make a turn. It means breaking old habits. It means admitting that we have been wrong, and this is never easy. It means losing face. It means starting all over again. And this is always painful. It means saying I am sorry. It means recognizing that we have the ability to change. These things are terribly hard to do. But unless we turn, we will be trapped forever in yesterday’s ways.”

May we find the courage to turn from fear to faith, from callousness to kindness, from indifference to passion for serving our Lord.

With Fall Blessings,