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Sunday Readings: A Weekly Retreat for Mind and Spirit

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

By Oscar Gonzalez

On April 2nd, I wrote few lines about the International Children's Book Day and reflected on my initiation into the world of reading. The response from our readers was truly amazing, with insightful comments and valuable feedback pouring in. Some even suggested that "Sunday Readings" should be a regular feature, and after much discussion, RCCbpo has decided to launch a dedicated "Sunday Readings" section on its blog. This new space is designed to offer you a weekly escape from the grind of daily life, inviting you to take care of your mind and spirit with refreshing stories and thoughtful topics.

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often find ourselves chasing time, rushing from one task to another, and struggling to keep up with the ever-accelerating pace of the world. But there's one day of the week that has the magical ability to slow things down, offering us a moment of respite and reflection: Sunday. Allow me to take you on a journey back in time to those lazy Sundays, when life moved at a gentler pace.

As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandfather. Sundays would begin with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee all over the house. My grandfather, a man of few words but endless wisdom, would sit in his place in the dinning table, with a cup of steaming coffee by his side, and reach for the Sunday newspaper. It was a simple act, yet it held profound significance in me.

My job was to have a short walk to the corner store to buy the Sunday newspaper. Within the Sunday edition of the newspaper lay a small magazine known as "Sunday Readings." It held a world of wonder for readers of all ages. This magazine contained articles, essays, and features for everyone in the family. However, what I loved the most were the comics.

The comics section was colorful and filled with the most famous characters and episodic storylines of that time. It was here that my journey as a reader really began. Each Sunday, I eagerly awoke early to got to the store to get the newspaper. I wanted to be the first one in the house to put my hands in the Sunday Readings. I followed the adventures of my favorite characters. I found the narratives very immersive, and the artwork took me to distant lands and fantastical worlds. With every turn of the page, the sense of excitement and anticipation never stopped.

This habit of reading "Sunday Readings" comics became one of the most beautiful and rewarding parts of my life. It wasn't just about the stories; it was about the joy of reading, the connection it forged between my grandfather and me, and the lifelong passion for literature it ignited within me. I discovered that words have magic powers, and I learned that stories had the ability to transcend generations and connect us in ways that were both profound and meaningful. Those Sunday mornings were a reminder that in the simplicity of life's moments, we can find the greatest treasures.

As I embark on this journey of writing for "Sunday Readings," I am filled with a sense of nostalgia and gratitude. I hope to capture a fraction of the magic and wonder that I experienced as a child, and share it with all of you. Through these words, I aim to recreate the spirit of those cherished Sundays with my grandfather – a journey through the world of Sunday Readings, where stories come to life, and the love of reading knows no boundaries.

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