Naturally, as the days of sunlight are longer and the weather gets warmer, we want to spend more time outside enjoying the beauty. Periodically, we need to have moments in our lives when we can relax, or rather, recreate. The truest sense of the word is that we be “re-created” fully by the one who created us in the first place. God desires to renew His sons and daughters in body, mind, and spirit. I would encourage you to not let the down time come and go, but to really plan your time of rest. So often, I have wasted opportunities for rest but doing nothing, and have felt less rested afterwards. What are the restful activities that you can really appreciate, but that will not be done apart from God, but with Him? Like any relationship (ex: friendship, marriage), it would be strange to take a vacation to get away from the ones we love. So, too, God wants to be involved in your life, even during the holidays.
You might want to try going through the 40-day Prayer Booklet a second time to see what new insights the Spirit wants to offer you. Another suggestion would be to use the same basic prayer format, but instead of the assigned passages, read a few verses from one of the Gospels or the Acts of the Apostles.
As it says in James 4:8 “Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.”
Have a great summer!
Father Simon Lobo, CC