One of the greatest festive traditions in my native country, Mexico, is the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, just a few days before Christmas. Ever since I was a little girl, I use to listen to the Guadalupe Event narrated in the "Nican Mopohua", which means in Nahual "Here it is told" and how in 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego (now Saint Juan Diego), on the hill of Tepeyac, when he was searching for the things of God.
Sister McCulloh is a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. She grew up in Youngstown, OH and is an avid Cleveland Indians fan (growing up she wanted to be the Indians' shortstop!). She has called Cleveland home for the last five years, enjoying all the festivals, parades and other opportunities the city has to offer. She loves to swim, spend time with family and friends, travel, and do almost anything outside.
Fall is both a time of harvesting and of letting go. I’ve harvested some delicious veggies recently. This is the time when the hot weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and egg plants are thriving and what a delicious harvest. At the same time, one sees the trees cutting their losses and letting their leaves go early because of the extremely dry and hot weather. No beautiful reds and brilliant oranges just browns and dull yellows, the leaves curled up as they fall to the ground. Not to mention the torrent of seeds that the trees are letting go- beware of a falling black walnut on your head if you choose to walk in a forest! Yet these fallen leaves will turn into wonderful mulch and compost and the seeds will germinate new life when the rain returns. In nature letting go helps generate new life.