Well I think it's the first time it ever happened for me. Even though it is one of my favorite non-saint days of the year, I missed out celebrating the official first day of summer. Oh that's right, I know how it happened...it was that little ole thing that happened the night before the summer solstice called the NBA Championship that shined brighter than any summer day. What a week it has been. But less we forget, we have these summer days to not only play our favorite summer tunes, but breathe in our faith. (N.B. This week Billboard put out their top 30 songs of summer...ok, I agree the Beach Boys should have 5 out of the 30, but come on now Bobby Darin doesn't even have one?)
So what to plan for this summer? Remember this is still our Year of Mercy and there are great opportunities to celebrate it. The Corporal (acts that help with material and physical needs) and the Spiritual (acts of compassion to help with emotional and spiritual needs) Works of Mercy are actions we can be a part of that extend God’s compassion and mercy. So how does this all play out? The Cleveland Cavaliers slogan of "All In" doesn't have to be just for the finals, use it for mercy now!
Our parish's St. Vincent de Paul Society has been giving more aid out this year than ever. Please help restock their pantry and financial needs at the 9:30 a.m. 4th of July Mass (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless). With all the extra driving around we can do in this glorious weather, why not check-in on someone you haven't seen for awhile or who is still struggling with life (visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, counsel the doubtful, comfort the afflicted). Remember our Eucharistic Adoration hours are looking for a few more faithful adorers to help carry the needs of others in prayer (pray for the living and the dead), and to help guide your hearts to living life to the fullest with those around you (instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently). Call the rectory to sign up for a needed time slot or just come on in and cool down with Jesus. Also it's time to sign your child up for our annual Mission Camp/Vacation Bible School. "Mercy Beach" runs from July 18-23 (9:15a-12:30p). In other words, enjoy these summer days but do it so it leads you back to who you are in The Son. Pax, Fr. Bline