I love the energy I sense as we enter the season of summer. People are outdoors planting, mowing, building, walking, vacationing and just enjoying the beauty that the season offers. The sights, sounds and smells of summer invigorates us and it’s evident in the many smiling faces that we encounter throughout these summer months. Perhaps we need summer even more than we enjoy it.
I recently saw an excerpt from an interview with Pope Francis on the television show - 60 Minutes. In the conversation, our Pope spoke of his deep concern over the frantic pace humanity has adopted. He observed that the moment we wake in the morning we tend to put our foot down on the accelerator and we keep that speed up until we retire late into the evening. He warns that that pace is not healthy for our minds, it’s not healthy for our bodies, and it is not healthy for our spirit. He went on to share that we need to regularly set aside time when we stop and step away from this unhealthy pattern.
I think the Pope is absolutely correct in his observation. The fast pace of life has infiltrated every aspect of our week. Even Sundays, for most, are no longer seen as a day of prayer, rest and family. If we don’t value and nurture these key elements in our lives they will slowly deteriorate and we’ll be left with a life void of depth, meaning and joy. I pray that we spend some time this summer slowing down our life, opening our eyes and giving thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives.
Have a wonderful summer everyone and if you find yourself on vacation this summer please use the following web-site to locate the nearest Catholic Church for Sunday worship: www.masstimes.org.