Category: Gratefulness

Gratitude for a Smile

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. – Elie Wiesel I find Elie Wiesel’s writings inspiring. What courage and faith they demonstrate in the face… Continue Reading “Gratitude for a Smile”

Thoughts for Memorial Day

I always enjoy going to the website gratefulness.org. I found the following there today, and it reminds me of my reflections last night after watching 60 Minutes and listening and observing the effects of our wars upon these women and men who have offered… Continue Reading “Thoughts for Memorial Day”

A Reminder to Turn Ourselves toward Gratitude

Thomas Merton in Thoughts in Solitude says it so well: Every breath we draw is a gift of God’s love; every moment of existence is a grace.

We Continue to Give Thanks

From Psalm 118 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. The joyful shout of victory in the tents of the just.

. . . And One More Thing about Gratitude

Though the Busy Person’s Retreat on “Going Gratitudinal” may be completed, we are never finished with the opportunities for gratefulness. May the readings, reflections, and thoughtful questions over the last few days assist us in continuing to cultivate a grateful heart. Rejoice in the… Continue Reading “. . . And One More Thing about Gratitude”

Going Gratitudinal – Part 5

Today’s “Gratitudinal” Scripture passage is from Ephesians 1:16: I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Rabbi Harold Kushner challenges us: “Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine?… Continue Reading “Going Gratitudinal – Part 5”

Going Gratitudinal – Part 4

Today’s “Gratitudinal” Scripture passage is from Philippians 4:12-13: I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. We… Continue Reading “Going Gratitudinal – Part 4”

Going Gratitudinal – Part 3

Today’s “Grateful” Scripture passage is from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. We are reminded by Denis Waitely, “I had the blues because I had no shoes until… Continue Reading “Going Gratitudinal – Part 3”

Going Gratitudinal – Part 2

Today’s “Grateful” Scripture reading is from Psalm 118:28-29: You are my God, and I will praise you;     you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for God is good;     God’s love endures forever. Elie Wiesel tells us,… Continue Reading “Going Gratitudinal – Part 2”

Going Gratitudinal

Going Gratitudinal. That’s the theme of this week’s Busy Person’s Retreat at Dominican University in San Rafael. Our sisters meet with students, faculty, and staff members this week, to pray and share reflections on a selection of readings. We thought that focusing on gratitude… Continue Reading “Going Gratitudinal”