Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity gathered for a recent summer barbecue at St. Anthony of Padua Convent, Casa Grande, Arizona. Summer lasts a long time in this sunny area. Temperatures continue in the 90’s.

Sister Carol Seidl and Sister Mary Karen O’deans sent out the invitation to nearby mission sites. Immaculate Conception Convent, Yuma and San Xavier Convent, Tucson were able to enjoy the generous hospitality.

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 was a fitting poem to pause and reflect on after experiencing a perfect day and feeling gratitude to God for his many blessings.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.