Posts tagged ‘gratefulness’
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything [God]has given us…and [God] has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of [God's] love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from [God].
– Thomas Merton
You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach, from Simple Abundance
Many years ago I read the book Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, by David Steindl-Rast, and loved it. The wisdom found there can be appreciated again and again. As we approach our national feast Thanksgiving, let us ask the Spirit to open our hearts to gratitude every day of the year.
Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope.
- David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, Heart of Prayer