I am excited for this week's Vacation Bible School, which is the first time we've done it since I've been at the parish, and I believe the first time in five or more years. I am grateful to Alexis Duffy, our Catechesis Director, for the time and effort she has put into this program, as well as to the other volunteers who are just as essential to its success! Pray for the little ones who will have some fun, learn about their faith, and create closer ties with their church family.
Spiritual reading has been a great blessing in my life. It helps me to see Sacred Scripture from a new lens and to understand our faith more deeply, thus impacting my priestly ministry, especially preaching, in a significant way. But most importantly, these things lead me to the heart of Christ more fully in my personal prayer time. If you have never tried reading a good book on your faith, I highly recommend it. A good place to start might be one of the free e-books on Formed.org. The Formed.org website is a phenomenal initiative by the Augustine Institute that, thanks to our parish subscription, puts so many media resources within your grasp at no cost. The potential spiritual benefit of this fully Catholic (and bi-lingual) webportal is vast, including video series, movies, talks, bible-studies, audio-books, and e-books. I encourage you to browse it after setting up an account (littleflowerchurch.formed.org). I have found it very helpful and enjoyable, and am confident you will too. I would recommend trying the talk titled: Blessed Pier Giorgio Man of the Beatitudes, a recent young almost-saint. Perhaps you will find some connections to the little way of love of our patroness (they also both died at age 24). God bless you in your journey of faith.
Saint Thérèse, Little Flower, pray for us!