Week of November 11, 2012

If you never learn the language of gratitude, you will never be on speaking terms with happiness.

Thank you, Lord

For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; for the beauty of the earth and its amazing colors;  for crisp autumn mornings and sparkling winter nights;  for mountains and forests, rivers and seashores.

Thank you, Lord

For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; for the water that cleanses, the clothes that bring warmth, the food that nourishes and the home that gives comfort.

Thank you, Lord

For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; for those who love us and care for us; for those who value us for who we are; for those we call family, friends, neighbors.

Thank you, Lord

For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; for the gift of Christ, your son; for his life, his gospel, his cross, and his Church; for his Eucharistic meal and the promise to be with us always.

Thank you, Lord

For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; for the time you’ve allotted us, the life you’ve offered us, the opportunities you’ve afforded us, and the miracles you’ve worked for us.

Thank you, Lord

For all the beautiful and wonderful things we experience in our life; and for your infinite love that meets our daily needs. May our love, too, be known for its abundance, its readiness to bless and heal, to offer peace and promote justice, and to serve in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

—(From a prayer by Beth Canete St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, Limassol, Cyprus)

The above prayer was printed in a newsletter put out by our Diocesan Stewardship Office.  November is a month when we remember to give thanks.  Hopefully gratitude is something that is always part of who we are.

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