Remember those hectic Sunday mornings of mid-winter: Review your catechetical lesson, get to Mass, find a moment to talk with a concerned parent, fill out your media order form, etc. And now, all is quiet. You have peaceful Sundays, and the parish ministry is slowed until September.
The Divine One wants you to enjoy a good rest. You have earned this break. God expects us to use this summer vacation well, however, and has a little reading list for his teachers: First, open the Word faithfully. Read the next Sunday’s Gospel every morning and reflect on it. Use a study resource or practice lectio divina
. Whatever suits your style of mediation will help bring the Gospel alive for you this summer. To get you started, here's a sample of Bringing Home the Word
for the Sundays of July.
Next, read a Catholic newspaper, magazine
or Web site
during your break. Being Catholic in our time means being informed concerning the life and movement of the Church.
Finally, spend at least half an hour each day reading a spiritual book. Perhaps you will read a classic like St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s autobiography The Story of a Soul
or St. Francis DeSales’ Treatise on the Love of God.
There are many contemporary books as well: Ronald Rolheiser’s Holy Longing
or Murray Bodo’s Francis: The Journey and the Dream
(also available as an audiobook
) can bring new depth to the tired catechist’s spirit.