AT THE SEASIDE
THE high holiday season is now upon us, and we live in hopes that last year's magnificent weather will return to warm our hearts as much as it will tan our bodies.
But nowadays holiday time can also be our best reading time. What with home chores and the ubiquitous TV set, many of us do surprisingly little reading nowadays.
From every point of view, and certainly not excluding the Christian point of view, this is a great loss. One is thinking not only of specific religious books, but of hooks generally, for in many of these the alert Christian mind will often find much to stimulate reflection. To keep in touch with the views and values of good writers generally helps to keep us as a Catholic body in touch with the world where our apostolic field lies.
If we may say so, a Catholic paper may often prove to be a channel between our Catholic faith and practice and our apostolic opportunities.
Too often, however, just when holiday time invites a little quiet Christian reflection, the seaside church, used to a small congregation for most of the year, has but a handful of papers for sale to the overcrowded congregation.
Those who take the trouble to notify us will not suffer, for if they will send us their holiday address and the date of their holiday, together with sixpence for each copy required, they will enjoy their CATHOLIC HERALD without further bother.
However many do this, there will be more who will look in vain for a copy unless in their kindness the local clergy will substantially increase their normal