August 6, 2017 A View from the Rectory Window

My experience has been that the summer is a weird time in the life of a parish. During the summer, parishioners usually take week long vacations or shoot off for weekend getaways (even though we are the weekend getaway). Church attendance among the ‘regulars’ may grow sparse every now and then even though this is hidden due to the influx of the extended family who join us each summer. Admittedly, summertime has a different rhythm than other parts of the year. Here is the danger; it becomes very easy to let parish and personal spiritual life, as well as faith and mission, vacation during the summer months.

My hope is that at the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe we have provided an occasion for spiritual growth and greater awareness of the mission entrusted to us by God. While some parishes may slim down the schedule for church life during the summer, clearly this is not the case for our parish family. But, even if you do not choose to be part of our parish’s ongoing works for the needy, the nights of reflection and Mission, Feasts and Fishing,   Bible School and prayer groups, I am confident that the summer can still be a powerful season of grace and growth.

For example, I find we move and breathe in a culture that champions busyness. Many people treat crowded schedules and rushed conditions as evidence of importance. Sadly, this is often done to the detriment of our own personal devotion and rest. It is very easy to delude oneself into thinking that one is experiencing intimacy with God by virtue of one’s busyness for Him. In reality, this can distract us from the presence of God’s life and grace in our individual story, what He seeks to do for us. While, I will always encourage you to share in the life and rhythms of our parish family, trusting that these offerings will bring us closer to God and His people, I can also see how if we utilize the rhythm of summer to slow down and claim that time for personal discipleship with Our Lord, that we might grow in the life of God’s grace.

In the down times of summer – find them or make them, perhaps work through a few books of the Bible, visit FORMED, find ways to breathe in and enjoy the goodness of summer while praying and thinking about your life and your relationship with Jesus. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)

This summer may your souls find rest.

Fr. Pete