When July comes, and the heat and humidity are unrelenting, we are liable to forget how we had longed for summer during those cold, snowy winter days. The same is true in our lives. When the heat gets turned up, we can forget where we've come from, who we are, and who we belong to.
As pain and fear are unrelenting these days, we are liable to forget the goodness of the God who made us. We are liable to forget that we belong to God--and to one another. We are liable to forget to hope.
I am so grateful for the witness of St. James Armenian Apostolic Church in Watertown, whose recent Vartavar
celebration was covered by the Boston Globe.
(Photo credit: Globe staff photographer Michael J. Lee)
The holiday, an Armenian tradition with long roots, is celebrated by dousing the people you love (and strangers alike) with water--perfect relief on hot summer days. The water reminds those who celebrate of life, of fertility, of hope. It reminds me of my baptism.
Do you remember the day when you were washed in water? Maybe you were drenched like an Armenain at Vatavar, or maybe the application of water was a little more reserved. Maybe you were an infant or maybe you were a grown up. Maybe you felt the new life in your bones, or perhaps you were reminded of a deep truth you always knew. Now, as the heat is turned up on us and so many brothers and sisters, is the time to remember our baptism, and to live as those who remember how to love, to hope and how to play.
P.S. We hope that our partnership with the Lake Institute to bring the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising to Massachusetts will be a source of hope for you! Here's what one past participant says about it:
"Every time someone from our team participates in ECRF they return with a transformed, enthusiastic vision for not only the place of generosity and gratitude within churches and religious organizations but also within their own lives. Their new vision has, in turn, a direct impact on the sustainability and growth of our ministries. We are now trying to help as many religious leaders as possible take the ECRF course because we believe it will truly change the future of the Church."
Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry
Holy Cross Hellenic College