With the month of November coming quickly to an end, it is not too late to reflect on the focus for this month, Journeying Together in Gratitude. We have so much for which we are grateful. Our loving God has given us His only Son to be our Savior and Redeemer. What a generous God! We have many natural abilities that we take for granted and only realize their value when one of them is compromised or taken away.
It has been said that gratitude is a discipline. For some, it is so easy to express one’s appreciation; for some, it requires a stepping out of one’s comfort zone and offering words of gratitude. And for others, it may be an unawareness of what is happening in the hurriedness of their lives. And yet, for all of us, it necessitates a mindfulness! In our ever so rushed world, we must stop and focus on where we are and what we are doing. We must call to mind the beauty around us and thank God for what we have. The Scriptures tell us that “God is not outdone in generosity.” God showers us each day with what we need to meet the challenges and obstacles that come our way. When we have successfully managed a difficulty, do we remember to say, “thank you”?
As we prepare for Thanksgiving Day, let us reflect in our families on the many gifts that God has given to each of us. During our family meal, encourage each one to remember those who have less than we do and to always share from our abundance. Partnering with this act of gratitude is trying not to waste the goods of the earth and strive to be good stewards of creation.
Thank you for your loving support and partnership in the education of our children. We can accomplish God’s work when we “work together like the fingers of a hand.”
With love and thanks,
Sr. Maureen Gillespie and Amy Lintner