How often do we really have the opportunity to sacrifice for another? Perhaps you can recall a time when parents have made a sacrifice for their children and when spouses have made a sacrifice for each other. These selfless acts are daily occurrences for many.
About a year ago, a fellow priest invited me to a dinner at the home of his friends, a beautiful couple with two young boys around the ages of 4 and 6. After the initial greeting, the two boys wanted to show the priest a new gift they received from their grandparents. It was a boys’ Mass set! The set was amazing — I didn’t know that such existed — and it was complete with a Thurifer (carrier of incense).
Summer is a time when dual experiences in our lives tend to converge. Specifically, summer offers a respite from the ordinary bustle of work and school life. Simultaneously, these days offer the flurry of activities including camping, vacations, summer jobs, swimming, and an array of summer camps for band, cheerleading, scouts, football, etc.