Remembering to Be Grateful

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Today’s Mass readings focus on physical healing and the response of those healed.  We learn about the gratitude of Naaman and one leper who was healed.  Of course, ten lepers were healed but only one returned to thank Jesus for the incredible gift.

remembering to be grateful

I wonder how often I forget to be grateful.  I don’t need to wonder too long, I know the answer.  I forget to be grateful quite often.

I tried for some time to start each day naming three things I was grateful for but mornings are not my best time.  I was given a beautiful calendar and tried to write three things each evening in it so when I felt down I’d have a record of all the wonderfulness of my life.  But I have not been able to stick with this plan.

We take for granted so much, complain about little things, and jokingly talk about “first world problems.”  Do we thank God for all that he has done for us?  Or are we the other nine who just go off and forget who the giver was of the miracle?

For many years I worked in stewardship and I often used the phrase “all is gift,” meaning that truly all that we are and have is a gift from God.  Your personality, strengths, and weaknesses are gifts.  We should not only be grateful for those gifts, but also, as people who love and serve God, we should use them for the his glory and the good of others. It is easy for me to forget that when I have many people who need me and I wish I could trade gifts with someone else.

Gratitude can be paired with humility: once we realize we owe it all to God, gratitude comes more naturally.  With humility saying thank you makes sense because of the understanding that all is gift.

I pray that we remember to be grateful to the One who had given us all.

Copyright 2013 Deanna Bartalini

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Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mom, writer and educator. Deanna has been married for over 30 years and raised two wonderful adults. She is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, she serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com and contributed to our latest Catholic Mom title, A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

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  1. Our pastor preached today on gratitude, aka, thanksgiving and when he mentioned the power it unleashes within you, I recalled when we bought our first house 9 years ago about a year after losing my father. We had teenage children and we never thought we would own a house. We owned a 2 bedroom condo and split the master bedroom into 2 small bedrooms for our son and daughter. It was getting tight spacewise as teenagers want their privacy. Tensions were growing. Since I work for a real estate office I decided to take the leap and God led us to the home we have today. For months after the fact I walked around from room to room just bursting with gratitude! I couldn’t believe the joy it unleashed, not because I was keeping up with our friends and neighbors but because God made it possible for us to have this wonderful home when it seemed impossible financially.

    I’ve always considered forgiveness the strongest of graces but gratitude is a very close second. Thanks for your post!

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