A couple of conversations, both in real life, and on the net, have made me think of the importance of reading the lives of the saints. As a kid, I was entranced by stories of St. Teresa of Lisieux, St. Rose of Lima, St. Zita, St. Margaret Mary, and others. They came off the pages of those books to tell me of a Church that seemed to have disappeared during my lifetime. These saints lived through both good times and bad, and turned to God in a heroic way, often at a young age. Their spiritual sacrifice and love for God was inspiring and showed me the real Church, that existed beyond the petty, conflicts that sadly occur when sinful humanity attempts to coexist.
A recent book I read (or rather, listened to) was Taylor Caldwell's "Dear and Glorious Physician" about St. Luke. I got it out on tape from my local library and listened to it in my car.
Try finding a story of a Saint's life to read this summer. To me, some of the most inspiring are Saint Therese of Lisieux , St. Rose of Lima, St. Gemma, St. Margaret Mary and St. Francis of Assisi.