Padre's Page - July 22

Dear Friends, here’s what’s up this week:

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVING IS EASY…

Summer often means a slower pace of life, more recreation and vacation–but be sure not to take a vacation from your vocation to be saint!  Encountering the Lord through daily prayer, Sunday Mass and frequent Confession should always remain the bases of our spiritual lives.  When traveling, find local Mass and Confession times using this convenient website:  masstimes.org

Enjoy the Summer, and remember to put Jesus first!

TIME FLIES…       

I’m away this weekend celebrating a wedding in Texas:  the wedding of the oldest son of dear friends I met when I was first assigned to St. Charles as a newly-ordained priest twenty-five years ago!

SUMMER READING.  Here are some of my recommendations of classic reading for you to enjoy during the Summer months:

NON-FICTION

Another Sort of Learning by James Schall, S.J. - Assorted essays and reading lists on truth, culture, etc.

The Confessions of St. Augustine - Story of a great saint’s conversion in his own words

The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis - The Pope on the New Evangelization

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis - A personable exploration of the four types of love

The Habit of Being, Letters of Flannery O’Connor  - Wit and wisdom of Southern Catholic novelist

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton - Two short, readable but powerful books about two of the Church’s greatest saints

Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux - Autobiography of the “Little Flower,” a spiritual giant

The Truth of Catholicism by George Weigel - Ten modern controversies explored and explained

FICTION

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh - Faith and love in an aristocratic British Catholic family of the early 20th C.

Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor - Novels and short stories illustrating the action of grace in the lives of Southern misfits and freaks

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather - Based on the true, poignant story of one priest’s re-evangelization of the American Southwest

The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos - The struggles and successes of a French country priest

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene - The dogged faithfulness of the persecuted Mexican “whiskey priest”

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis - Imagined letters between devils portray spiritual warfare

The Betrothed  by Alessandro Manzoni - A couple in love overcomes many obstacles to marriage

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - A woman of character perseveres and finds true love

Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset - A strong woman of faith keeps her family together

I remain, your servant in Christ Jesus,

Father Don