Mercy Associates Retreat – Session Two

Autumn Time – Dusk

Theme: Savor Your Maturing Faith


1. Introduction: Autumn – Dusk

Please click the arrowhead in the center of the video to hear the Introduction.


2. An Autumn Story

Spend a little time now reflecting on,
or re-listening to the story.
Does it awaken any spiritual thought
or prayer in your heart?

3. Sister Kate thoughts on Dusk and Autumn


4. Praying with Scripture

In our first session scripture reading, Jesus and his disciples were frolicking through a summer grain field.  In today’s reading, the seasons are passing.  The same fields are now “white” for the harvest.  The fullness of time has come.

The disciples have been with Jesus for some time now.  They have been learning his ways. The time has come for them to practice full discipleship, one nourished and matured by their loving attendance on the Word who is Jesus.

For this session, focus on verses 35-36. We will pray with the rest of the chapter in a later session.

Take some quiet time to reflect on this passage.
Allow yourself to be in the scene beside Jesus.


5. Reflection Nuggets: Autumn – Dusk

6. Poetry:

Please enjoy these beautiful poems evoking the sentiments of summer, noontime, fullness and energy. You may want listen to this lovely music as you read the poems.

The Wild Geese – Wendell Berry
Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer's end.  In time's maze
over the fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves.  We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed's marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes.  Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear 
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here.  And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear.  What we need is here.
I Will Remember - Renee Yann, RSM
In another place, where life’s demands are rude,
and time is spinning faster than my soul,
I will remember You in this green wood,
when spirit, will, desire, love were whole.

I will remember your sweet hand in saffron glove,
reaching through flaxen sunlit trees.
I will remember the suggestion of your love,
humming promises to me like golden bees;

how sun dipped lower, lower to the earth,
lifting up to Its cheek the auburn sod;
how in a moment, like a splendent birth,
I was transported to the Face of God.

When this lucid hour of love is through,
Dusk is the way I will remember You.

Closing Music: Autumn – Audrey Assad


Lyrics:

As the dew falls on the blade
You have touched all this fragile frame
And as a mother knows her baby's face
You know me, You know me
As the summer air within my chest
I have breathed You deep down into my breast
And as You know the hairs upon my head
Every thought and every word I've said
Every thought and every word I've said
Savior, You have known me as I am
Healer, You have known me as I was
As I will be in the morning, in the evening
You have known me, yeah, You know me
Oh, and as the exhilaration of autumn's bite
Oh, You have brought these tired bones to brilliant life
And as the swallow knows, she knows the sky
This is how it is with You and I
Oh, this is how it is with You and I
Savior, You have known me as I am
Healer, You have known me as I was
As I will be in the morning, in the evening
You have known me, yeah, You know me
From the fall of my heart to the resurrection of my soul
You know me, God, and You know my ways
In my rising and my sitting down
You see me as I am, oh, see me as I am
And as a lover knows his beloved's heart
All the shapes and curves of her even in the dark
Oh, You have formed me in my inward parts
And You know me, You know me, yes
Savior, You, You have known me as I am
Oh, healer, You have known me as I was
As I will be in the morning, in the evening
You have known
You have known me, in the morning, in the evening
You've known me, God
In the morning, in the evening You have known me
Yeah, You've known me
You have always known me
You know me, God, You have known me
You have always known my heart

Virtue/Gift to pray for: Gratitude/Appreciation

Dear God,
We pray for the gift of gratitude,
that sacred virtue
which can transform our lives
from the inside out.
Let grateful awareness fill our prayer,
the way color fills the autumn trees.
Like the multi-colored leaves,
your blessings to us are beyond calculation.
Grateful, may we mirror your generosity
in all that we do.
We ask this in Mercy. Amen.

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