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Be grateful in all things! – UPDATED! September 10, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Father Peter Carota has a post reminding faithful Catholics to have great gratitude for all the manifold gifts – including, even, sufferings and difficulties, which may be a source of our salvation, or help us arrive in Heaven much more quickly – that Our Blessed Lord gives us.  Some very good points below, which I briefly expand:

St. Bernard said; “Ingratitude is an enemy of the soul, which destroys merits, corrupts virtues and impedes graces.  A heavy wind that dries up the fountain of goodness, dew of mercy and the stream of the graces of God.”  [In spite of the many troubles and concerns we all have, we must remember to be eternally thankful to God for the faith he has given us and the Church which sustains us, warts and all.  For those of us who have the immense added blessing of a parish and priests we love and are greatly edified by, we have all the more reason to be thankful!]

St. John Chrysostom said; “The best way to keep God giving us things, is to remember them and being thankful for them.  God daily overloads us with innumerable benefits, asks nothing for them, but to thank Him for them.” [I must remember to thank God for everything I receive, every day]

St. Augustine said: “Nothing is more pleasing to God than to say “Thanks be to God”.” [And it’s so simple!]

Why not take some time to write down all the good things God has done for you, given you and has promised to give you in the future.  Call it a “gratitude journal” where you keep track of all the great things God has miraculously done for you or helped you avoid.

One terrible sin today is the lack of gratitude by Catholics for the gift of children.  After the 1, 2, and maybe 3 children, they see the gift of another child as something evil, bad or problem.  Other than the gifts of forgiveness of our sins, the sacraments and the hope of eternal life with God forever, a child, and all of them that God would be so generous as to give, are the greatest gift from Almighty God. [So true. God bless Father Carota!]

Then I ripped this pic off another post.  Hey, I know that priest!

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One final point – how would you feel if you continually gave all manner of gifts, assistance, and blessings to many different people and they almost never thanked you?  What if they even had an entitlement mentality and complained about your tardiness, or lack of perfection in your gifts, or some other fault with the great works you did for them?

Every night when we pray as a family, we always, each one of us, try to say thanks to God for something He has given us that day.  I love how my adorable seven year old daughter frequently says “I am thankful to be born into a Catholic family.”  She came up with that entirely on her own!

Thank you, Lord, for giving me such wonderful children, and help me to remember how wonderful they are even when they aren’t!

UPDATE: So here I am reading Divine Intimacy for today just now, and what do I find, but the subject for today is gratitude!  Providence!

But Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen notes that lack of gratitude is almost rooted in lack of humility, or pride.  Something to consider if we find that we rarely give thanks to God.

We must stop thinking we are the author of the good things we do, instead of God!

Comments

1. Baseballmom - September 11, 2014

Beautiful reminder…. To thank Him in all things, the good and the bad, the joys and the sorrows…. Everything is ordered to our eternal salvation…

2. A Mom - September 11, 2014

Thanks for this post.
“Divine Intimacy” is a treasure. It’s one of those books that’s a bit expensive, but worth every penny.

Glad you’re feeling better.

Tantumblogo - September 11, 2014

Generally so! It’s still lingering a bit. I had to get an extension of an antibiotic. Some very kind woman attributed my slow recovery to my advancing age! She is probably right, but I have liked to attribute it to the difficulty of treating staph infections.

3. TG - September 11, 2014

Thanks for the reflection


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