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St. Cecilia; Thanksgiving Day

1 Cor 1:3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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What are you thankful for?

“Happy Thanksgiving, Bob,” Jesus said to me.

“Thanks Lord! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

“Tell me, Bob, what are you thankful for?”

I need to think about this. I’m grateful for so much. Yes, I’ve had some challenging moments in my life, things that I would not want anyone else to experience. But even those challenges I now recognize as blessings. Perhaps that is why gratitude is important: it transforms us. Maybe gratitude is the shortest path to the kingdom of heaven.

“Lord,” I finally say, “I don’t know where to begin. I’m thankful for everything. What are you thankful for, Lord?”

As soon the question escapes my mouth, I regret asking it. What if, in the Lord’s litany of gratitude, I’m not included? The thought terrifies me. I become tense as I wait for the Lord’s answer.

Jesus laughs. “You know, I am grateful for everything too.”

—Bob Burnham is a Secular Franciscan, spiritual director, and author of  Little Lessons from the Saints: 52 Simple and Surprising Ways to See the Saint in You published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

Let me always give thanks Lord for everything, because gratitude seems to be the only praise well-suited to you.

—Bob Burnham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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DAILY INSPIRATION

November 22, 2018

Scripture

St. Cecilia; Thanksgiving Day

1 Cor 1:3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ignatian Reflection

What are you thankful for?

“Happy Thanksgiving, Bob,” Jesus said to me.

“Thanks Lord! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

“Tell me, Bob, what are you thankful for?”

I need to think about this. I’m grateful for so much. Yes, I’ve had some challenging moments in my life, things that I would not want anyone else to experience. But even those challenges I now recognize as blessings. Perhaps that is why gratitude is important: it transforms us. Maybe gratitude is the shortest path to the kingdom of heaven.

“Lord,” I finally say, “I don’t know where to begin. I’m thankful for everything. What are you thankful for, Lord?”

As soon the question escapes my mouth, I regret asking it. What if, in the Lord’s litany of gratitude, I’m not included? The thought terrifies me. I become tense as I wait for the Lord’s answer.

Jesus laughs. “You know, I am grateful for everything too.”

—Bob Burnham is a Secular Franciscan, spiritual director, and author of  Little Lessons from the Saints: 52 Simple and Surprising Ways to See the Saint in You published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Let me always give thanks Lord for everything, because gratitude seems to be the only praise well-suited to you.

—Bob Burnham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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