With the summer season in full swing many are, or will, soon travel to visit family and friends of just get away from it all and decompress with some quiet time. It may seem off to us now, but this is what religious communities have done for centuries. The Catholic Church basically invented the Western Education system we know. Religious communities often took June and July to get away from it all. No, they didn’t go to wild parities at the beach, but they often went to catch up with their family and friends and go on a retreat or two.
This was a healthy way to not only slow down the pace of life, but there is something very healthy about reconnecting with family and friends and working in some enjoyment of nature as well. It is when we don’t do these things that all sorts of maladies and pathologies settle into our thinking and living. It seems all to often our world gets it wrong. We have some people who are workaholics and don’t enjoy the fruits of relationships with God’s creation which was made for us to enjoy.
On the other hand, we seem to have some folks who are all about the enjoyment and not much into good work habits. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. We can correct the path we are on by simply asking God for guidance. Perhaps we are on the right path, but feel called to help someone who is headed for the ditch. It really isn’t that difficult, and through prayer God can certainly point us in the right direction. We just have to ask.
Dave Hartline is a Catholic writer, who graduated from Marion Catholic High School and Ohio University. He has also been a Catholic school teacher, coach and administrator in the Diocese of Columbus. He currently is the Stewardship and Development Director at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Powell. He is the author of various articles as well as two Catholic books. He is the author of an book on unreported “Good News” in the Catholic Church published by St. Benedict Press.