August 24

Reflection

 Life is our greatest gift.  Although life has its difficult times, it is also filled with love and beauty. We have been gifted by God with vitality, passion and awareness. It would be a tragedy if we missed living each day aware that God is revealed in the beauty of creation- in the life of each creature and the elements of earth’s landscape. In gratitude for what we have, we are impelled to reach out and share the gifts of life with those whose unfortunate circumstances mar the beauty of their lives. Part of our gratitude for life can be expressed by the depths of our compassion and our work for justice.

Prayer

May I be fully alive this day

Action

Today I will try to be attentive to the presence of God in my life and in this world.

Suggested Reading

You show me the path of life, O God,
In your presence there is fullness of joy.
Psalm 16:11 

I came that you may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance,
until it overflows.
John 10:10

The great gift of life is the first gift we have received. Sometimes we risk forgetting about this, as if we were the masters of our existence while instead we are radically dependent.
Pope Francis  

Remember the past with gratitude.  Live the present with enthusiasm.  Look forward to the future with confidence.
Pope John Paul II

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde

To live, to truly live, one must consider each and every thing a blessing.
Kamand Kojouri

Life is a gift from God, an unlimited series of opportunities to find the good in ourselves and others. There is good in everything, if we are willing to see it.
Alan Cohen

Life is a gift. Never take it for granted.
Sasha Azevedo

What I really learned was that life is a gift and our only purpose is to be who we are. We all make it so complicated, and try to find our purpose, I learned that all I have to do is be as me as I can be.
Anita Moorjani

Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share.
Henri Nouwen

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