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Editorial: Blessed summer
by Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register
(From the July 31, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)
One of the great things about summer is the built-in excuse to at least try to relax a bit.
It's way too easy to get convinced that the world stops turning without us. That everything depends on us and our contributions to order and good grace and the survival of the Republic, let alone the universal Church.
So comes now summer. Summertime, as the Gershwins famously put it, when the living is easy. There are those for whom the summer is the busiest of all times - those who rely on the tourist industries; farmers and other agricultural workers (though it's rightly observed that farmers' work is never, ever done).
Still, it is summer. And there are breaks to be taken.
So why don't we?
Maybe it's a subtle form of arrogance - a strong word, but still: that we are so intrinsic to the process that life comes to a halt without us. That we are so very, very - well, necessary.
Even Jesus rested. Went off by himself. Went to a wedding. Had dinner with friends.
It really is all right, taking a break. It's not a sign of weakness. And those poor folks who respond, "Oh! I wish I could take a break, but -" and then the voice trails off into a tale of unending woe and bottomless responsibility -
Maybe they need a break, too.
Blessed, blessed summer. Thank God for work. Thank God for rest. Thank God for summer.