Catechetical Programs
Christ In Us Grades K–8
Parish, K–8
School, K–8
Bilingual, K–6
We Believe: Living Your Catholic Identity Grades K–6
Full Access
We Live Our Faith, Catholic Identity Grades 7–8
Full Access
One Faith, One Lord Grades 7–Adult
Our Catholic Faith Grades 4–6
God’s Own Making
Grades 4-8
Discovering God
Ages 3–5
Between You and Your Child
Catechetical Bilingual
Cristo en nosotros
Cursos 1–6
Creemos Identidad católica
Cursos K–6
Vivimos nuestra fe
Cursos 7–8
Nuestra fe católica
Cursos 4–6
Una sola fe, un solo Señor
Cursos 7–Adulto
Entre usted y sus hijos
Cursos K–8
Sacraments Programs
Believe • Celebrate • Live | Bilingual Edition Ages 7–15
Reconciliation Primary
Eucharist Primary
Reconciliation & Eucharist Intermediate
Confirmation Restored Order
We Believe and Celebrate
Spanish Edition
Prayer Books
My Reconciliation and Prayer Book, Ages 7–9
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración, Edades 7–9
My Mass Book, Ages 7–9
Mi libro de la Misa, Edades 7–9
We Believe and Pray, Grades 4–6
Sacraments Bilingual
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Edades 7–15
Reconciliación Primaria
Eucaristía Primaria
Reconciliación y Eucaristía Intermedio
Confirmación Restauración del orden sacramental
Creemos y celebramos
Libros de oración
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración, Edades 7–9
Mi libro de la Misa, Edades 7–9
Lifelong Faith
Bible Resources
The Compass Bible for Catholic Teens
YOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
YOUCAT: Catecismo Joven de la Iglesia Católica
La Biblia católica para jóvenes
Adult Resources
Becoming a Parish of Mercy
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
General Directory for Catechesis
Professional Development
Professional Development
Catechetical Learning
Theology of the Body Course
Catholic Identity Course
English | View All
Catechetical Resources
Virtual Events
Religion Blog
Catechetical Downloads
Liturgical Seasons
CHATechesis Podcast
Bilingual | ver todos
Recursos catequéticos
Eventos Virtuales
Blog de Sadlier Religion
Descargas Catequéticas
sadlierReligion Hero-1.png

July 11, 2019 WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics For Families, REL Topic- Prayer

The Joy of Summer

“…The important thing is not to think much, but to love much…” Teresa of Avila

Summer seems to be a good season in which to take Teresa’s words to heart. Lazing around on a summer day allows one’s thoughts to lighten and sheer love of life to emerge. Living in Colorado, I find the joy of summer in emerging from the indoors, particularly after a snowy winter, into lengthy periods outdoors. I’ve been watching a mother robin tend her babies in a nest she built on the beam of our neighbor’s front porch. Tiny goldfinches are regular visitors to the birdbath and a baby rabbit has taken to grazing right beside our back patio. All is not sunshine and roses, however. The other day, a ferocious hailstorm ravaged the petunias and shredded trees around the neighborhood. The horrific shooting in Orlando shattered the national landscape and tinged the advent of summer with sorrow. Once again we are wrapped in a fog of grief and anguish as we mourn the deaths and wounding of so many precious people.

Does the devastation outstrip the joy? I have to trust that it doesn’t. I take to heart what Teresa wrote so many years ago about the value of love over thought. It’s not to say that our ability to think and reason is not important; quite the contrary. The problem seems to be in overthinking that can lead straight to fear and anxiety. Moving towards the heart widens the scope of our vision beyond the immediate and reveals a grander view of God. “Remember: if you want to make progress on the path and ascend to the places you have longed for, the important thing is not to think much but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to that love” (The Interior Castle). The robin and the rabbit, the sun and the storm – all awaken me to a Divine love that shimmers all around us. Even in the midst of unspeakable horror, joy turns our hearts towards the sun where the warmth of God’s mercy shines upon us all.


Download Now

Bright Ideas