Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: November 4, 2019

 

Thomas Merton once wrote that “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.”

As we enter the season of thanksgiving, I wonder if we are truly ever really thankful? Do we ever stop long enough to see the beauty of the day, the passing sunlight, the drifting snow, the leaves that pile and dance with the wind? Do we see the depth of the love our spouse has in his or her eyes just for us? Do we pause to look deeply into the souls of our created children to allow them to know our love? Do we give charitably to the work of our church, devote time to our parish life, our community? Do we see the homeless as us or a foreigner in need of an eye-dodge? Do we work until we can’t push anymore, day in and day out, only to find years later that all we may have amassed are missed opportunities, long-lost opportunities, lack of experiences, a dismal family or social life? Do we laugh enough, care enough, love deeply enough?

St. Francis once said that “Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”  This season, let us pray for the strength to overcome our selves in order to find gratefulness in this time of giving thanks for all we do have, not that which we wish we did.
 
I wonder, in this season of thanksgiving, are we grateful for the things that matter? Really, actually matter?
 

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