Hi Again LIGHT Families,
Hope that this rainy day finds you dry and productive since we are forced to stay inside. Or maybe it’s a lazy day at your house, in which case…I’m jealous!
Summer seems to be quickly drawing to a close, and with it comes a time to reflect on the wonderful season that it has been. One of my personal summer traditions is to play hooky from Mass up in the “Big City” (as some of you know, I live down in South County) and instead go incognito as a vacationer at a parish by my home. There is a small chapel nearby that is frequented by visitors from all over who are enjoying our lovely RI seacoast. It is always a treat to go to Mass with them, as I catch their carefree and relaxed spirit by pretending that I am one of them – just for an hour!
As I entered the chapel a few weeks ago and had a quiet moment of prayer before the liturgy began, I took some time to reflect on what the difference was between that vacation crowd that surrounded me and the ‘normal’ mass crowd back at my home parish. I love the other regulars who I attend 9:30am Mass with at St. Catherine’s and I miss them when I don’t go. I know them to be people of great faith, with a generous spirit, who are devoted to our parish family and its well-being. There is a bond there which is unmistakable and I’m very happy to be a part of it. But this vacationing crowd also had an allure. It is by looking back on our lesson from last fall when we talked about being in Right Relationship with God, that I was able to put my finger on it.
Those families who seek out a different church when they are away from home know what it means to be in Right Relationship with their Creator. Those who make their Mass experience a priority know that time with God is not just another appointment on their calendar, but that it is essential for their relationship with the Father. (I am in no way implying that those of us who attend Mass at our home parish do not do this!!) But, to be surrounded in great numbers by this type of crowd is really a spiritually uplifting experience. These families know that God does not belong in a box, to be taken out when it is convenient. They know that they must make time for Him, as they make time for any other relationship that is important in their lives. Check out this fun video clip on NOT keeping God in a Box.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to get your tickets for the parish picnic that will be held on September 7th! They can be purchased after Mass the weekends of August 23/24 and August 30/31.