Ah Summer!

Father Dennis Noon
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 1:30pm

A man preparing to go on a trip was fervently checking his list of necessities. As he stood in the doorway wiping the sweat from his brow, he uttered one of the subconscious bits of wisdom that all of us utter at some time. “Do I have everything I need? Do I need everything I have?” Many of us similarly burdened by the mountains of equipment we pack to get away and “rough it” for a few days can relate to that thought. Nevertheless, we persist in loading cars and trailers and battling traffic until we arrive at a relatively peaceful haven to escape our hectic lives for a while. How do we use these few precious days? Relaxation usually tops the list, at least in our intentions. Of course we also hope to find a few moments to revert to a little more child-like simplicity through play and daydreaming. But vacation time is also an important opportunity to not only spend time with our loved ones but to become re-acquainted with ourselves. It is a time obsessed world where progress is worshipped for its own sake and success is measured by material and professional advancements. It is easy to forget who we are and where we are going. In the back of all our crammed personal schedules and commitments lies a reluctance to face the question of meaning in our lives.