Sunshine in Buffalo?

It’s a question I get from my downstater friends and others around the country often: How’s the weather? Are you buried under snow?

And while the winds of fall bluster leaves around the neighborhood here in Buffalo, there are glimmers of summer trying desperately to hang around. Check these out:

Sunset from my driveway:

Sunrise on the morning walk with my dog:

And then a left turn just one block away turned into this glistening moment:

It often makes me feel small, God’s wonder of weather. The sun shining and the leaves falling and the clouds threatening. Scientific explanations can tell us why they all happen, but little can be said about the awe inspiring feelings that are beholden to each one of us when we are caught in a moment of grandeur like this.

I start and end each of my days with the sun. Some days I cannot see the sun and I humbly remember that I am not in control. Other days I respond with much gratitude for the picturesque. And even more days I respond with longing to see God in the gloomy and the grandiose.

And so today, I wait for God to come again…

And show me the joy in creation.

Like Bees in the Honeycomb

St Benedict says that the Monks should be “as busy as bees in the honeycomb” and that is exactly what has happened these past few days here in Collegeville, MN where I am participating in a seminar study on young adults and vocation. This is the back wall of St. John’s Abbey which has taken that honeycomb image to new and beautiful heights. The Collegeville Institute is our sponsor and a bunch of people from different denominations have gathered to discuss vocation, not neccessarily in the usual parlance of religious life, but rather we have discussed vocation in broader terms.

How am I to live? And how will I make those decisions on what I will do with my life? Do young adults explore this and with whom?

I’ll have a bunch of questions regarding this in upcoming days for you, dear readers, to weigh in on. But know that this ha been good reflective time for me and for us collectively to explore the questionsnof vocation. And it ain’t hard to get in that mode here. Some breathtaking shots are below: