The Spirit, Summer and Priorities

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

The summer is upon us and everyone is making plans for which weeks they are going to see which family members; we are making plans for which weeks we are going to go on vacation and what we are going to see and do there; we are making plans for which weeks will be swim team/meet/pool fun. We may even be planning which weeks we are going to do nothing (glorious weeks  indeed). Have you put together where I am leading you yet?


Well, as the Bishop has entrusted y’all and your spiritual well being to us as clergy, the collar around our necks insists that we challenge you earlier rather than later.


What spiritual plans have you set aside? Have you made plans for some spiritual things this summer? Have you prioritized VBS for your kids either as participants or volunteers? Have you set aside time for a Bible Study or Catechesis class that interests you? Have you found a parish where you can attend Mass while on vacation? Have you already planned a day trip to Charlotte or   Atlanta and included Carowinds or Six Flags but not a cathedral or a historic church, or popping into a place like Belmont Abbey for morning or evening prayer with the monks? Are you prioritizing everything but your faith? Which of these things involves eternity and which of these things do not?


This weekend is Pentecost -- the Spirit coming down  upon us, but not without purpose. The Spirit comes in order to guide, teach and fortify us to lead a particularly fulfilling way of life. To lead us to have the wisdom, courage and perseverance to prioritize God even during the summer months. Don’t leave God at home when you travel! Don’t leave “church things” for your kids for times of the year when religious education is in full swing. Continue this summer to pray with them, keeping them around spiritual things, having them stay involved in the youth programs. And YOU, make sure to find some things to feed your Spirit as well in the coming months.


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