I always thank God for all of you in my prayers. Well, summer is upon us and it used to mean all kinds of wonderful things: fun, leisure, trips to the park or beach, and best of all, vacation. We know this Summer will be different. COVID 19 has drastically changed our way of life drastically. The way we enjoy family or social gatherings, a sunny day at the park, or vacationing will be very different this year.
However, we do need rest more than ever, if not physically than spiritually. Although we worry and want to get back to work, we all still need time to get away from the fears, uncertainty, and depression.
True recreation means to “recreate.” As his disciples, we go on a trip with Jesus, never from Jesus. So, here are a few spiritual tips to help us have a marvelous “recreation” experience this summer.
Enjoy “holy leisure” including prayers and meditations.
• Include the Bible in your reading list.
• Attend church faithfully (either here in our church or online).
Even though many of our annual summer activities are canceled (e.g. Summer Camp, Summer Festival, Walking and Biking Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Chestochowa in Doylestown, PA) we still have lots to be grateful for. Our gratitude will provide a solid foundation on which we can build our life. Moreover, a grateful attitude makes it easier for us to communicate with God. If we practice thankfulness consistently, negative thought patterns will gradually give place to a way of life that is inspired by God.
Thank you for following the restrictions that keep us safe and are signs of our mutual love and respect. Let us pray that fighting the pandemic will spark our creativity in living the Word of God. Let us remember those who are sick as well as those who are battling the coronavirus. They need our prayerful support.
Thank you all for continuing to support Christ the Redeemer Parish during this time. One easy way to help support our parish is to set up online giving. To find out more about Online Giving and to enroll in the program go to www.CTRmanville.com and follow the instructions.
In spite of all the obstacles let us make the summer months a golden time to be recreated physically as well as spiritually. May God bless us all with a restful and refreshing summer. Have a happy and holy summer!
God bless you and keep you safe and healthy!
With prayer sincerely yours,