The summer months are a time to slow down, to refresh ourselves and to give thanks for the beauty of God’s creation. Whether you’re taking a vacation or a “staycation,” this season can be a time to deepen your experience of the Lord’s love — in the Eucharist, in Scripture, in literature and in the many fun-filled activities that make summer special.

Summer is a time to invest in our relationship with Christ
Father Dennis Gill, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s director of divine worship, writes that summer offers opportunity for relaxation along with time to renew our spiritual lives and help those in need. He suggests several practical tips for prayer and spiritual reading. Listen to a podcast with Father Gill on summertime spirituality.

Whether here or there, it’s all our house
Maureen Pratt reflects on going to Mass at another church in the summer, and the opportunities to meet people who open their churches to us, building subtle, spirit-filled bridges as we come and go.

Keeping spiritually fit during the summer months
In this season of rest and relaxation, we can take simple steps to make sure we don’t take a vacation from our vocation. Mass and daily prayer, however brief, can ensure our souls remain in shape.

Five books for your spiritual summer reading list
The warmer weather and more relaxed pace of this season lead many to unwind with a good read. These suggestions offer new ways of looking at our relationship with God, and provide refreshing inspiration.

Vacation Bible School makes faith formation fun
School may be out, but catechism continues, thanks to parish programs that keep kids engaged with God during the summer months.