“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.” –St. Gianna Beretta Molla
As I raised a large family on a small farm with little disposable income, I received free Christian cognitive therapy. It was my children who taught me how to live in the present moment with joy. I couldn’t help but learn how to live a child of God because I was surrounded by a crew of little people who greeted each morning with wonder and awe.
Gratefulness is the key to spiritual joy, no matter how little we think we have in the eyes of modern society. In fact, St. Teresa of Avila once said she “thanked God for the things she did NOT own.” St. Teresa always stressed the need for gratitude: “In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks.”
When Joy Eludes Us
Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 )
A friend of mine once asked Mary, when she was about six, what she liked most about Christmas. She replied immediately, “The pineapple.”
The things that raise my spirits are usually small and most people would not consider them significant. For example, one Christmas I was very tired and only one gift brought me genuine joy. It was hand-crocheted dishcloths from my friend Cathy … dishcloths, beautifully made, colorful, something I used a hundred times a day.
Copyright 2018 Melanie Jean Juneau