Get used to lifting your heart to God, in acts of thanksgiving, many times a day. Because he gives you this and that. Because you have been despised. Because you haven’t what you need or because you have. Thank him for everything, because everything is good.” – St. Josemaria Escriva
When we forget to thank God
Gratitude is so simple. We are beginning a closer look at the virtue of gratitude during morning prayer. Our theme for the rest of February is to thank God for everything. The students have an easy time thanking God. They are grateful for friends, family, freedom, school, Catholic faith, snow days, etc. They are generally happy children who have wonderful families. These children have been blessed.
Yet, there are many times throughout the day that feelings are hurt or the teams are not fair. The work is too hard or I just don’t feel good. The bus ride was too long or I really don’t like English language arts. So and so has better stuff than me or they are given more attention than me. My mood has completely changed and I am not happy. I pout, because the world is not fair and my needs are not being met. Generally, once this mood is in place, it is difficult to change our mind. There really is a simple solution to all of this despair. The answer is too look on the bright side. Realize that things could be so much worse. But unless I really practice gratitude, it is harder than you think.
Gratitude is so basic, yet so necessary. Gratitude places us in correct relationship to God. We take a step closer to God every time we force our brains to recognize that God is trying to reveal Himself in certain parts of our lives. It is easy to be grateful when we win or we are having fun. It is really hard when we feel embarrassed, unworthy, unloved, disappointed or overwhelmed. Gratitude is the antidote to pride. Our pride has been injured. It feels bad. It is in this darkness that we must recognize God’s presence in everything. Pride comes before the fall. That is why we are called to be grateful in our misfortunes. God is omnipotent and all good, so we trust and love Him. We praise Him. We thank Him. For everything!
God is good. All of the time. All of the time. God is Good!
Anne Atkin, principal