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Posts tagged ‘grace’

The Grace of a Crocus

 A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.
– David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

The grace of a single crocus blossom

The grace of a single crocus blossom

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful


Let us be thankful. It benefits everyone and everything around us. It even benefits ourselves.


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

Grace and Gratitude

“Grace and gratitude go together like heaven and earth.”

– Karl Barth

Gratitude and Divine Sparks

When we say “Grace” before we eat our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, let us remember the words of Rabbi Herschel:

By saying grace, we release the Divine sparks in our food.

Created with a bit of whimsy!

Gratitude for a Smile

On one of our service trips to Tijuana from Dominican University, we painted Lola’s house – a light peach color. I will never forget her beautiful face and lovely smile. All the lines of her face are smile lines.

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 of one of the great horrors of history – the holocaust.  Can I say, as she does, that every hour is grace? Is there gratitude in my heart each time I am greeted by a smile?

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.

A solitary blue heron at a lagoon in San Francisco is a gift of God's love.