Posts Tagged With: vacation

We Don’t Have to Find God


Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on May 20, 2017 at 6:00PM and May 21, 2017 at 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

I recently went on retreat with the men of the parish.  Then my wife and I drove to Utah on vacation, really I drove 5,000 miles while my wife slept.  She awoke for the important things, like the incredible scenery, the points of interest, and when I was being introduced to my new friend, a Utah Highway Patrol officer.  Except for that bump in the road, it was good quality time with God.

It’s easy to find God on retreat or vacation.  You see God at work in your life; that he has blessed you with the time and resources to go away for a little while.  It’s quiet, peaceful, and unhurried so you have many opportunities to speak and listen to God in prayer.  You walk and drive with God through the beauty of his creation, whether it’s a beach, a park, the snow-covered Rocky Mountains in Colorado, or the colorful canyons in Utah.  You will even find God in other people.  It’s amazing how friendly everyone is when you share a rocky, steep, uneven, and possibly dangerous trail on the edge of a cliff a couple of thousand feet above a canyon.  Not only do people say “hello,” but they go out of their way to make sure you are OK, ask if you need help, and will even insist, “No, you go first.”

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Resting in Jesus This Summer


Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for July 6, 2014

We are now well within the summer vacation season, our time to get away from our busy lives and simply relax. But Jesus says in today’s gospel:

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Today’s gospel is a reminder for us that we truly rest only when we rest in our Lord. So whether we are heading out to a city, park, or beach for a quick weekend getaway or a two-week dream vacation, when we get away from it all, we should not include our faith and our Sunday obligation among the things we are getting away from.

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