By now we can all agree on use of the phrase “climate change.” Global warming is a politically-charged phrase scorned by reality deniers to support their beliefs that have nothing to do with facts. Fortunately, all it takes is a simple flare for the obvious to look out the window and confirm that, indeed, it is snowing. No matter if you get your information from science-based sources or it rains down upon you as revelations from unseen realms, inevitably we all seem to notice changing weather.
It’s a busy upcoming week of feast days, rituals and festivals. Rituals (of goodness, gratitude and giving) counter the season’s darkness, framing it in light. Each day of Christian Liturgy is a saint’s day, celebrating the life of one who exhibited deep spiritual presence and actions in the world (like Nelson Mandela). Each saint’s day is a day of Light. We are the saints of our present day. The new and full moon festivals are “days of light.” They “counter” the present day darkness of materiality that has overtaken the world in clever and unseen ways. Rituals focus our minds, create a centripetal force, turn us inward, anchoring the Soul into our daily lives. This week has many festivals of remembrance and of light.