An Attitude of Gratitude
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, we have an opportunity to reflect on all the blessing in our lives. It is so easy to focus on all the problems, challenges and disappointments that we encounter in our lives that we can lose perspective on the blessing that God has given us.
I am reminded of this line from a famous poem, “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
My mother taught for 12 years in inner city Catholic schools. She was in daily contact with the materially poor. But when my mom asked them how are you doing they would respond, “ I am too blessed to be depressed.” This response always touched me. It reminds me that Jesus says, “ Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs.”
One of the ways that we can develop an “Attitude of Gratitude” is by remembering daily all the ways that we have been blessed. It is a good practice to think of 5 things each day that we are thankful for. This practice helps us to see with new eyes the blessings in our life. May we remember the words of Meister Eckhart, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”
Giving thanks is at the center of our faith. Even the word Eucharist means thanksgiving. So every time that we celebrate Eucharist we are giving thanks. There is a beautiful song that says, “Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One, Give thanks because He given Jesus Christ, His Son.”
May we all have an Attitude of Gratitude.
Blessing Fr Stefan