Where do we begin to express our gratitude for all the good things in our lives? To me, it’s obvious, with God himself for the many blessings he has given us! Giving thanks is very much a personal thing, so this is going to be a very personal reflection. God made me because he wants me here. He loves me unconditionally, giving me second chances whenever I stumble. He gave me my parents, who told me about God, spent endless hours teaching me to be a good person, and stood by me through all the years we had together.
Thanks also to my immediate family, and to teachers, religious men and women, and so many amazing friends with whom I’ve shared life. They have been present to me when times were difficult as well as rewarding. A gift of good health has seen me celebrate my 84th birthday. I am always cheered by beautiful flowers and weeds, each in its own place. Amazement comes with the moon and a beautiful sunrise or sunset, good books to read, music to enjoy, and songs to sing when no one is listening! I’m grateful for our country and all that comes with it. I can say my prayers whenever and wherever; speak my mind; cast my vote. I applaud those working for a universal vaccine to thwart future diseases. To those who are working for the hungry, homeless, and peace in our world, I say, “Don’t give up!” My gratitude goes to those working on things I don’t yet understand, but that will open up the world in a new light.
My list includes our Blessed Mother Mary, always there for us when we need her. Some things I have done for others, I have done in her name. Again, thanks to our God, who has given us his only Son who has shown us the way home to an unbelievable paradise.
Let Us Pray:
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just. Great are the works of the Lord, exquisite in all their delights. Majesty and glory are his work, and his justice endures forever. He has won renown for his wondrous deeds, gracious and merciful is the Lord. (Psalm 111:1-4)
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