October 8

Reflection

Gratitude doesn’t take things for granted or feel entitled. Instead it fills us with appreciation, acceptance, and satisfaction for whatever we receive. In our relationships, it is never unresponsive to a gift or a gesture of generosity or love. Rather it is an attitude of mind and a way of life which connects us to the gift of  every other part of creation. To live a grateful life generates a sense of wonder at the goodness of God and of others. It is a life devoid of jealousy or greed and is filled with comfort and peace.

Prayer

“Blessed is the Great Provider who is deserving of our constant gratitude.”

Action

Think of someone or something for which you are grateful.
Open your heart in gratitude. If Possible, say thanks.

Suggested Reading

Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?
Luke 17:11 -19

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Karl Barth

The generosity of God in sharing the goodness of creation with us can elicit only one possible response — that of gratitude.
Esther de Waal

Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted.
David Steindl-Rast

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
Thomas Merton

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
Carl Jung

 If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
James Herriot

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
John Milton

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.
Michelle Obama

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