In another few days the morning traffic jams on the Lucan Rd. will cease, the primary schools will empty out for the much anticipated summer holidays. The many thousands of children in primary schools all around Lucan will empty those schools in minutes as the final day school comes to a close. Teachers will take a well-earned respite until it all begins again come September. Families will head away on holidays and the various community and parish groups will shut up shop too. Our normally buzzing parish centre in St. Mary’s will close for August allowing some repair and maintenance work to take place.
Holidays are an important element in our lives, we need to stand back from whatever it is we are immersed in and make some time for relaxation and refreshment, it’s good for the body and the soul. It’s amazing how a holiday can recharge the batteries and we can approach things with a new enthusiasm when we return. Let’s dare to hope that the warm weather will last and make our summer days more enjoyable!
The Warmth of Summer Sun
Under the warmth of the summer sun the world awakes
and blossoms into every imaginable colour.
You created a garden for us to enjoy
and within it planted the most magical of flowers and trees.
You needed no horticultural training to plan your colour scheme,
no gardening expert to recommend variety or design.
Your garden is perfect, its colours
harmonious its scale immense
spoilt only by the clumsiness of those who tend it.
Creator God who breathed this world into being
who is discernible within the harmony of nature,
the perfection of a butterfly's wing,
the grandeur of a mountain range,
and the soaring eagle and humming bird,
thank you for this world which you have created.
Thank you for summer sun
which reminds us
that your creative breath is still alive and active.
Thank you for the warmth of your love sustaining this world: your garden.
Fr. Philip Curran