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Fall is my favorite season! I love warm drinks, soup, sweaters and not having to hide my pale skin from the 85 degree sun.  There’s a comfort to fall.  I always enjoyed school so this was an exciting time for me for most of my life. I loved the crisp evening air watching high school football.  I’m a sucker for the changing color of the leaves.

Now, with all the things I have come to expect with fall, I can add pumpkin spice latte advertisements to the list. I like pumpkin spice lattes.  I don’t lose my mind over them like it appears that some people do. I don’t like pumpkin flavored everything either.  I enjoy pumpkin bread and a few PSL’s throughout the season.

While I do think the pumpkinifying of everything is a bit annoying and has certainly gotten out of hand in some cases, I like what it represents.

I believe that people are clinging to Pumpkin Season because what they are really longing for is liturgical living. As humans we long for both constancy and change. That sounds like a contradiction but God put the desire for both in our hearts.  C.S. Lewis describes this in The Screwtape Letters:

“The humans live in time, and experience reality successively. To experience much of it, therefore, they must experience many different things; in other words, they must experience change…But since He does not wish them to make change, any more than eating, an end in itself, He has balanced the love of change in them by a love of permanence. He has contrived to gratify both tastes together in the very world He has made, by that union of change and permanence which we call Rhythm.”

The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis p. 257-258.

We long for both changing seasons and to know that some things never change.  This is why, when we embrace the Catholic liturgical calendar, it can be deeply satisfying.  We love the changing seasons, never lasting too long and yet we find comfort knowing that the very same seasons will come again.

Starbucks has capitalized on this. Non-Christians and Christians alike respond with joy over pumpkin spice lattes and the appearance of the famous RED CUPS in December.  It’s rhythm we crave and this Fortune 500 company is serving it up proudly…and without Jesus.

I find great hope in this. First, I see God’s thumbprint in the world even when people try so desperately to keep Him out. Second, I hope it’s a lesson we can learn as Catholic women. If we are more excited about PSL’s than we are celebrating feast days and liturgical season in our home, let us now take a step back and remedy the situation.

If you want to learn more about liturgical living, there are so many resources out there.  Don’t get overwhelmed by the many Pinterest worthy images you see.  Often my own family’s celebrations simply involve coloring a picture and making a slightly more special dinner than normal.  The other day we made an apple crisp (because I can’t seem to handle making pies but tossing apples in a pan with almond flour on top is manageable for me!)

Here are some websites I turn to for ideas about how I can celebrate the rhythms of our great Catholic faith with my kids:

I’m sure there are many more websites.  If I’ve missed some of your favorites, please comment and add them so others can see!

While it may be depressing to see the over-commercialization of our world, take heart that Jesus is always with us.  God’s fingerprints are all over us, even when we’re sure we’re leaving Him in the background. Also, when you’re friends get really excited over Starbucks coffee, gently mention liturgical living and see if you can keep each other accountable for adding in more feast days into your own family life!

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