This week we officially entered summer. With all the 90 degree days we’ve had already it kind of took me by surprise that the season of summer had not yet even started. Although the summer season is just as long as the other seasons on the calendar, somehow it seems a lot shorter as we fill it up with outdoor projects, summer activities and maybe even some vacation.
Vacation can take many forms. Students are on a rather lengthy summer vacation from school. Families may take some time to get reacquainted with each other by going somewhere together or just hang out at home without the daily demands of their regular jobs. According to Webster’s dictionary the word “vacation” is defined as; 1) suspension of normal activities, 2) freedom or release from duties and 3) usually used for rest, recreation and travel.
Do you have vacation plans for the summer? If so, what do you hope it will do for you? Will you catch up on your rest, go somewhere you’ve never been before, learn more about a place or thing that you’ve developed a curiosity about? All those things can be very good for us. Planning a vacation (or just even our activities around the house for the summer) can be very exciting. The planning can often be as much fun as the actual activities being planned.
No matter what we are planning for the summer, let’s not forget to include God in our plans. God never takes a vacation from watching over us and we should never stop giving praise and thanks to Him for all He does for us. “Vacation” may include freedom from other duties but we still have a duty to God. Suspending your normal activities during a vacation should not include suspending participation at Sunday Mass. The website masstimes.org can give you the location and Mass times for a Catholic Church wherever you are going to be.
While we are on the topic of vacations, here are a few more ideas. How about taking a mini-vacation with God? Maybe we can dedicate a day or two of our annual vacation to making a retreat or attending a Day of Reflection at Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center. Maybe we could devote a day to some charitable activity like volunteering at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, working on a Habitat for Humanity project or spending time with an elderly relative or neighbor in need of some attention.
There are many ways we can devote part of our vacation to spending time with God in some way outside of our normal activities. Let’s do something extraordinary during “Ordinary Time” this summer and invite God to join us on vacation.
May God bless and protect you and your family this summer,
Deacon Bill Radio