Our Lady's Advice: Dear Boys and Girls have fun this summer but remember these things ~
It's not likely that any of us receive that admonishment offered on the holy card at the right. This wonderful holy card from the pre-Conciliar era spoke to children in a time when life was slower and so much simpler. Catholic school children who received this card, perhaps on the last day of school before summer vacation probably didn't need too many reminders about what was expected of them as Catholic children.
The advice on the back of the card is as valid as the day it was printed - and perhaps needed more now than ever before.
For many Catholics, summertime offers a much needed respite from a too-hurried way of life that we've come to accept as "normal" - one that often prevents us from setting aside as much time for our faith as we would prefer.
Others may go off to camp and parents need to be vigilant to ensure that children are able to attend Mass.
Grown ups, too, find a break from the office or other workplace, if only for a week or two. Whether you live in the city, the country, by the sea like we do, or in the mountains, summer offers many opportunities to renew your faith.