Fr. John Oliver explores the four cycles or rhythms that are embedded in nature and in the Church.
Toward the end of September, it’s usually the maples that are among the first trees to change color. Airplane pilots report that from above, a forest in early fall looks like it’s wearing a green suit with a gold and red cap. As the days gradually get shorter, the sap within the trees flows more slowly from the ground up, which affects the upper branches first. The leaves at the top receive more sunlight, so they mature faster and complete their life-cycle…