Celebration is at the heart of wonder. It’s what keeps our days from always being the same. It’s a way to slow down time and step into holy time and toward wonder.
Maybe the moon’s coming full or it’s the first day of Spring. Maybe the last day of school or the first day of a new job. Simple celebrations, that mark both the turning year and important changes in our lives, create a space for contemplation, for remembering, for wonder.
Nothing elaborate or complicated. It really doesn’t take much! Maybe you could eat something special–tea and toast in the afternoon. Maybe you could buy flowers for the table or bring in some seasonal color from outside. Maybe you can eat by candlelight. You’ll find the ways to celebrate that speak ease, a little bit of care that will pay rich dividends.
October 4th is the feast of St Francis. You can bless your furry or feathered friends with this prayer:
Good St. Francis, you loved all of God’s creatures.
To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example
of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals,
watch over my pet
and keep my companion safe and healthy.
You might take a few minutes to color this fabulous coloring sheet from Paper Dali.
And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can make a tonsure cake! We’re adding apples to ours. Yummy!