I'm sure there are some really great writings about this somewhere!
I was inspired by these vivid paintings that two of my children made so I wrote this little poem...
Brilliantly, leaves change color right before they fall, signaling Christ's blazing love, one last time.
Then they are finished and go back into the dust.
But they will come again...
Until then we are left with bare trees, colder temperatures, and darker days.
It is time to hunker down and examen our own nakedness and sin.
A time to root out all that does not lead us to God.
Springtime is ahead, like the hope of heaven.
We need only to wait patiently and keep the faith,
For the promise of new life.
The resurrection illuminates the seasons of our soul.
If you haven't seen this CUTE Autumn craft floating around the internet, you can find it at Kaboose. We used it as a nature unit but also thought it would make a great craft for studying Creation and the Garden of Eden (Tree of Life).
Princess and her handprint/fingerprint tree, followed by 6yo Superboy and his tree...
"Anything that does not lead you to God is a hindrance. Root it out and throw it far from you."
"You, if you are an apostle, will not have to die. You will move to a new house: that is all."
"So you have failed? You cannot fail. You have not failed: you have gained experience. Forward!"
"Love Our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace for you to help you conquer in your daily struggle. And the enemy will gain nothing by those foul things that continually seem to boil and rise within you, seeking to swallow up in their perfumed corruption the high ideals, the sublime determination that Christ Himself has set in your heart."