Reflection of the Heart: Sharon Shipley Zubricky ’76 BOT

Keeping God in your Summer Plans

For Cabrini students and faculty it’s finally the start of the summer season. It’s time to relax, forget about school, and have a carefree life for three months, right? For the rest of us, perhaps the long awaited vacation time will soon be here. During the summer it’s easy to get lazy and neglect time with God. Instead of losing touch with God this summer, why not use this vacation time to draw closer to Him?

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” Pope Francis tells us, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” He goes on to say “I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms” (Evangeli Guadium). Why not find that joy this summer?

Vacations are meant to rejuvenate us, to renew the spirit within us. They leave us rested and ready to return refreshed to our daily routine and tasks. Vacations often bring families and friends together. We should also take time to strengthen our relationship with Our Lord.

How will you spend your time during these next few months? For many of you, continuing to grow your relationship with God and your faith-life in general should be at a priority but sometimes it’s too easy to get wrapped up in the fun of summer. Use your time wisely to include God like you would anything else. You might find that there really is time to connect no matter the season.

So, how can you continue to make time amidst the summer? The Bible gives us a big clue on how we might want to take vacations: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).

Find summer activities that are great for your mind and body and take advantage of them. However, doing so at the expense of taking a break from God really defeats the purpose. Instead, find God in all you do this summer. After all, if not for God, we wouldn’t have such a wonderful season to enjoy each other and all the gifts he provides during the summer months.

Spend some quality time with the people you love. This can often be an oversight. So put down the electronics and connect intentionally with people around you. God blesses us with friends and family and spending time with them can be very restorative for your soul.

Treat each day as a special gift from God and thank him for your many blessings.

This summer, don’t take a vacation from God. Instead, use your summer vacation to have fun as you purposely seek God and grow in your relationship with Him. He promises: “ You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Whatever you’re doing this summer or however you plan on spending your time – please know your Cabrini family is praying for you. These daily reflections will resume in the fall and we hope you will again read them as part of your daily routine. Remember to use your summer to grow in the knowledge of Him and your love for His gospel.

See you in August.

Sharon Shipley Zubricky ’76 BOT

Submitted by Lisa Ratmansky, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

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