And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
Luke 17, 15-16

 

Dear Friends,
When I was in Tanzania in September, I once again became aware of how much I take for granted in my life: clean drinking water, sleeping without a mosquito net, an infrastructure where four-lane highways are the norm. I take so much for granted, like how easily accessible the Internet is and how my frustration level rises when the connection is too slow.

Taking things and especially people for granted reflects a lack of gratitude. We can become so privileged, so satisfied, and so ungrateful for the many ways in which we are blessed.

I don’t know what the other nine lepers thought when they suddenly saw their disease disappear. But only the Samaritan, the … (read more…)

Undoubtedly we are a blessed people. If we itemized all we have for which to be thankful, our lists would be quite lengthy. Centering our lives in gratitude opens us up to be awed over and over again by the wonders of God, his creation, his unconditional love, and his providential care. A natural inclination is to share the abundance that we enjoy.

Struggles and loss are also a part of the human experience. As people grounded in Precious Blood spirituality, we rejoice with grateful hearts in St. Paul’s words in his letter to the Colossians, when he says that Christ made room in his passion for us to participate in his redemptive act. In uniting our cross with Christ’s great sacrifice, we are given the hope of the new life offered in the Resurrection. This is the Good News that enables us to live the paschal mystery in our life in union with all of God’s people.

The … (read more…)


 

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