Gratitude is among the highest of virtues. We can say that ingratitude is the root of all sin.
Sin is the misuse of gifts that God has given to us.
If we are truly grateful for a gift, then we won’t misuse it.
It is very balancing and healthy to take some time naming the blessings in our life. Take some time to thank God for each one of these gifts.
It is good to give thanks to God anytime. It is especially helpful to be aware of gratefulness in times when we feel particularly challenged, self-critical, having a ‘bad day’.
Just quieten your thoughts for a moment; be still for a while. Ask God for the grace to show you the blessings in your life.
Ask yourself what you are most grateful for today: a person, a place, an event …………….
Tell God that you are grateful, and keep slowly repeating that you are grateful for this person, etc.
I have just spent four days with my two sisters. We live in three different jurisdictions, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
We told stories, shared moments.
As I write this reflection, I am reflecting on how grateful I am for them being in my life. I want to say thank you for the love we share, the care and support we give to each other.
How liberating it is to make gratitude part of our daily life!
Our shadows, our past faults, our weaknesses can limit our vision of reality, blur it.
Habitual gratitude allows the Grace of God in us to flow more and more in our mind and heart.
To flow out of us to others.
Indeed, thanks be to God.