August 26, 2018

Friends,

As I write these words (on July 23), I’m putting together a pile of books to take on vacation. I hope to be in four different location and will spend some time with family and friends. I’m also looking forward to some quiet time in various settings and some quality time reading. I’m not leaving until August 5th, but it’s fast approaching. Fr. Charles returns from the Congo on August 3rd. We’ll be like ships passing in the night. I’m hoping that the wonderful summer weather continues for those of us taking off during August. Because I no longer have a family home, don’t have a summer place, am not a golfer, and don’t have anyone with whom I have vacation, it would be easy for me to stay around and never leave the Collaborative. But as you know, we all need time away to regroup, rest, relax, and re-evaluate where we are going and how we are getting there. No matter where I am on vacation, I take time to walk and think about it all.

As you read this, I will be returning from my vacation, hopefully well refreshed. When I’m in our parishes, I love meeting our parishioners, their families, and their friends. It energizes me. When I’m o vacation, my priorities change because the pace slows down, and I’m not putting myself in as many social occasions. These are the books that will occupy some of my time. Some are theological, others are novels. Some were recommended, others are my own choice:  Prayers for Progressive Christians by Michael Morwood; The Baker’s Secret by Stephen Kiernan; Grateful by Diana Butler Bass; Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; Wrestling With God by Ronald Rolheiser; In One Person by John Irving; The Paris Wife by Paul McLain; At Play In The Lions’ Den by Jim Forest; The Heritage by Howard Bryant.  Some books are much more engaging than others. I know how much I enjoy a book when I get to the end and wish I hadn’t read it yet, so I could relive the experience. I am truly enamored by an author’s ability to captivate an audience of readers. They have to create reality with words only. We use our imagination to bring those words to life.

Next weekend is Labor Day weekend, and our children and teenagers will be back to school. Thank God for the four seasons as we leave the summer of 2018 behind and anticipate the arrival of autumn. No doubt, the older we get, the faster time passes. I hope you all enjoyed the months of June, July, and August. Only 120 shopping days ‘til Christmas!

Enjoy Life!

Fr. Coyne

 

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