You are loved. By Jesus, by family, by friends, by strangers….TODAY the world needs love more than ever. In today’s first reading we are reminded that old things pass and this creates space for a fresh start. St. Paul announces that, “whoever is in Christ is a new creation.”

As a teacher, summer brings time for rest and rejuvenation. However, summer also has a tendency to fly by. It’s important to be present to the moment and cherish it.  Before we know it, a new school year will arrive.

Today, be mindful of the gifts of summer. Take a stroll in the park. Eat a tasty frozen treat. Smell the fresh produce at your local farmers’ market. Hear the laughter of children playing. Go outside and see your neighbors.

—Kathleen Cullen Ritter serves as Director of Campus Ministry at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI. She attended Marquette University and served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp in Bend, OR.