Sister Moon, what beauty is yours in your fullness! There was surely no place on earth more beautiful in the midnight vigils from Friday into Saturday than our still, dark courtyard, slivered with shadows and silvered with your light.  Praise God in all his marvelous creation, indeed!

This morning, on this Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Divine Office included a canticle which exhorted the fishes and whales to praise God. There is something enormously joyful about the idea of whales praising God. His creation is marvelous, indeed!

A remarkable peace and quiet have descended on the house, although we are quite full, with a meeting of the LaVerna Region Secular Franciscans in the Conference Room; a session of the Diocesan School of Biblical Studies in the Solanus Center; and a spirit-filled group of retreatants in the Hesse Lounge journeying through the Major Message of the Minor Prophets with scripture scholar Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA. Welcome, all; we’re glad that you are here! We’ll see how long the peace and quiet remain intact at noon, when 100-ish people descend upon the refectory. Blessings on the kitchen staff and all of the volunteers who will help them.

The air lilting through my window is cool and sweet; the skies are a perfect mix of blue with cloud, and the tree at the corner of my vision is beginning its journey to its autumn glory. God’s marvelous creation beckons me outside.

Deo Gratias!