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Summer greetings to all those in the Friar community!  Pope Benedict XVI once wrote about the importance of rest and reflection during the summer months:  “During these quiet days of summer, let us thank the Lord for the many blessings we have received and draw ever closer to him in prayer, in fidelity to his commandment of love, and in communion with his Body, the Church.”  Summer rest and reflection are not just luxuries.  They are necessities!  While many families are busy with summer activities, let us also remember to take some time for recuperation from hard work and busyness so that we can faithfully continue the task of becoming the best version of ourselves that the Lord calls us to be.

I always enjoy hearing about what people are reading.  One of the books on my summer reading list is Barking Up the Wrong Tree:  The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker.  I just finished a chapter about “grit” and how Navy SEALs and disaster survivors leverage this “grit” to keep going when they encounter obstacles.  Knowing that all of us encounter obstacles in life, their lessons about “grit” are useful to all of us.

Thank you to all those who have stopped by to say hello, introduce yourselves, and tell me what you love about Bishop Lynch!  It has been a joy to hear the stories about what inspires you about the Friar community and what excites you about its future!

Have a restful and reflective summer break!

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