Have a Safe and Happy Summer Vacation

All of us have so much to be thankful for each day.
When we awake to a new day, when a friend is in touch with us,
for the food we eat, for the water that flows into our homes, for flowers, birds, trees, our health, for doctors close by who care for us:
the list can go on and on.

Thanking God should be part of our daily lives.
It is also good to tell God about worries and concerns: about jobs, relationships, family, health, whatever comes to mind.
Sharing those thoughts with God
will often help to lessen the burdens we carry.
Take time -- lots of it -- each day to talk to God in prayer.
If you spend time with family members or friends, engage them in prayer with you, and listen to how they share their joys/concerns/thanks with God.

Summer Prayer

Creator of all, thank You for summer!
Thank You for the warmth of the sun
and the increased daylight.
Thank You for the beauty I see all
around me and for the opportunity to
be outside and enjoy Your creation.
Thank You for the increased time I
have to be with my friends and family,
and for the more casual pace of the summer season.

Draw me closer to You this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence, and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.

As I enjoy Your creation, create in me
a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You.