How to keep up your prayer life on summer vacation?
Life tends to slow down in the summer, and the
temptation toward laziness (especially in prayer) reaches an
all-time high. While vacation presents us with a wonderful and
much-needed time to refresh, we shouldnít let our relationship with
God fall to the wayside. So, wherever you find yourself this summer,
follow these tips to keep your spiritual life from taking a
KEEP IT CONSISTENT.
Pick a time
each day you like to pray and stick to it, even if youíre traveling.
Maybe you like to pray while you brew your morning coffee, or while
the kids nap. Praying at the same time each day helps cement the
habit of prayer in your life, and that habit will carry you
throughout the whole year. Iíve personally found that the best time
for prayer while traveling is in the morning. Sacrificing a little
time in your morning ensures that you get the time you need with
Jesus before the excitement of the day distracts you.
Getting to Mass while on vacation isnít always easy, but you should
at least prioritize Mass on Sundays. When planning your trip,
research nearby Catholic churches where you can fulfill your Sunday
commitment. Many parishes also offer weekday masses that can fit
easily into your summer schedule, while still leaving time to enjoy
time in the hammock or at a cookout with friends and family.
ADD A SPIRITUAL READ TO YOUR
LIST. If reading at the beach is your jam, why not pick
up a book that will help your spiritual life flourish? We can learn
so much about the faith through writings from saints, theologians,
and other holy men and women. Adding a spiritual book to your summer
reading list edifies both your mind and your soul. It can foster a
greater knowledge of God and can help deepen your relationship with
USE YOUR TRAVEL TIME WISELY.
Everyone knows that getting there is half the fun! Whether
youíre flying or taking a good old-fashioned road trip, you can use
that travel time to deepen your relationship with God. You can pray
a family Rosary or nourish your soul with a Catholic podcast.
HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER.
Every Catholic can benefit from having someone else keep them
accountable to their prayer commitments, especially in those summer
months. Ask your spouse or a trusted friend to check in with you
once a week to see how your life prayer life is, and be honest.
Whether you are succeeding or struggling, you can find encouragement
in your journey toward holiness through your accountability partner.