Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

Morning Prayer:
November 13, 2017
Prayer by Fr. Harhager, S.M., President

This is the final week of the first term. So, I know this can be a time of stress as we rush to complete our projects, prepare for and then take the end-of-term exams.

 At the same time, Thanksgiving is near. If there was such a thing, we would be in the midst of the Thanksgiving Season. It reminds me of a talk I heard many years ago – when I was in Rome the first time.

 I attended a talk by a priest psychiatrist who spent most of his life treating people, including priests and religious, with serious mental health issues. After the talk, he opened the floor to questions. I don’t remember anything else from this talk except for his answer to the question: Can you identify a single element in troubled people’s lives which may be responsible for their mental/emotional illness? He said that, without a doubt, the one element missing in these people’s lives is a sense of gratitude. He said, if you want to stay healthy – cultivate gratitude in your life.

 Being grateful – helps us beat stress, softens the sad moments, enables us to say “goodbye”, reroutes our angry energy, moves us away from envy, etc. Gratitude will not only help us enjoy our family gatherings next week but may even help us get through this week.

 And so we turn to St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians (4:6-7):

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 Let us pray:

Loving Father,

with grateful hearts we turn to you.

You are the source of all the good things we experience in our lives.

Help us to remain serene this week

so that our work these days may truly reflect

the profound fruit of Your love for us.

Fill our hearts with gratitude

now and forever and ever. Amen.

Mary, seat of wisdom… pray for us.

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