St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

Summertime is the best time to travel with friends and family. It is also within these days that we have an opportunity to slow down from our fast paced lives. These hot summer days are perfect to reduce stress. When I was in the seminary, I remember every April when the academic formation concluded my spiritual director addressing us, saying: “We can take a vacation away from many things, from work and from school; but, we can never take a vacation away from God.” He would go on to explain that we should still be committed to our prayer life, although adapted for summer time and different living arrangements. We should still be committed to attending daily Mass and of course not neglect our Sunday obligation. Essentially, if we want to make the best of our summertime, we should use it to grow deeper in our relationship with God.

Summertime is a either a time of recreation or re-creation. We can relax, go on vacations with family and friends, but if we are not allowing these moments for God to breath in us His Holy Spirit to enliven our souls through the natural goods, then we are not taking the most of these opportunities.

This summertime, as we grow in our relationship with God by the renewal our souls through the power of the Holy Spirit, we should look outward to our neighbour. I encourage you to maybe think of a volunteer experience this summertime as a family. Maybe a visit to Canadian Food for Children or to another organization that could use volunteers in the summer.

May God continue to bless and protect you these summer days. Be assured of my prayers.

Father Michael