From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…For June 10, 2018

Memorial Day was the unofficial beginning of summer. Now that the school year has ended for most it will be easier to be about the events of summer. For many, the summer season will be even busier than the rest of the year. It is amazing how that works.

Whether you find yourself with more time on your hands or less, it is useful to think about how you will use that time. Yes, you know where this is going: plan ahead to grow in your faith and your relationship with the Lord. You have no idea how many times people have told me that they have missed Mass while on vacation. It definitely happens for legitimate reasons: you hiked several days into the wilderness and there is no physical way to get to Mass on Sunday. There are of course many not-so-legitimate reasons: you were driving home from Traverse City and you didn’t feel like waiting around for Mass.

As much as you would plan any other part of a trip, plan for Mass. More than that, plan for how you will be developing your relationship with the Lord. Are you going to the beach? Take some good beach reads that will help you in your development. Are you going to New York or Chicago? Make a mini­pilgrimage of it by visiting the great churches in the area. Are you going to be on a plane for a while? Collect some great podcasts or lectures to listen to while you are cooped up in the aluminum tube with two hundred of your closest friends.

One of my favorite things about summer is the sunrises. I am generally an early riser, and, in the summer, I get the chance to watch some great sunrises before Mass in the morning. It is a great time to experience some of the greatest beauty God has put in creation and to give thanks to God for another day. It is one of the best parts of summer for me. Maybe you are an evening person. With the later sunsets, it means you have more time to spend with your spouse to talk and build the relationship. Or, because your circadian rhythms have changed, you are more awake in the evening to read or pray. Maybe with the longer days, you have more time for a jog and an opportunity to talk with the Lord one-on-one.

How your summers will go will be varied, some busier than others. Whether you find yourself coming and going or mostly staying put, you are in charge of how you will use this great season.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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