Summer is a very beautiful time to wander the grounds at St. Anthony’s. The grounds are awash in a variety of colors. There must be dozens of shades of green in the trees, grass and shrubs. The flower gardens are in full bloom with an entire palette of colors. The prairie garden and other wild areas boast their own unique beauty. The birds and butterflies add color, too.
Summer also seems to be the happiest season. Perhaps that is because of the longer daylight hours, or the warmer temperatures, or that the kids are out of school, or that it tends to be the season for vacations. Regardless, peoples’ moods seem to be as bright as the sunshine during the summer months.
If spring is the season of rebirth, and fall the season of letting go, then summer is the season of growth. All the birds that hatch in spring grow to maturity in summer and by fall are ready to set out on their own. Mammals like the deer, fox, squirrels, chipmunks and woodchucks that wander our grounds also watch their infants born in spring grow and change during the summer months.
The same is true in the world of vegetation. All the species in the plant world – trees, shrubs, flowers, crops – do their growing in the warm summer months. We get the benefit of enjoying not only the beauty of the growing process but also the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables produced by that process.
For the blessings of summer, for the beauty, the happiness, the growth and abundance of summer, we say Deo Gratias!