Being Grateful

Have you watched the movie ‘Klaus’ yet? It is a Christmas-themed animated movie about a postman who works alongside a man named Klaus, to deliver presents to Smeerensburg, a community that is filled with hatred and known for their feuds. The postman was not only unwillingly sent to this isolated and poor community by his wealthy father, but he had to physically get there himself rather than to be chauffeured. On his journey, this new postman sarcastically thanks his father for everything that he disliked. Although it was presented as a joke, I thought this to be an amazing approach to life: finding things to be grateful for when nothing is going our way. Regardless of what is happening in my life, I always have the option of thanking God for stretching me, for sanctifying me, for teaching me how to trust. Going deeper, Fr Michael Shmitz explains that being grateful is more than just a good option, it is our responsibility (1). He refers to what we hear in mass every single time we go: “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.” The fact that being grateful isn’t just a nice idea but an obligation speaks volumes of it’s importance in our walk towards God. Being grateful is not meant to solve life’s problems. I think of it as a buffer to life's problems. As I become more grateful, my mind naturally focuses less on what I don’t have and more on what I do have. Gratitude works to gradually put my heart in the right direction: towards love... towards God and all that he has done for me. "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate" (Oprah Winfrey). What are you thankful for today? What do you appreciate? (1) Ascension Presents: Giving Thanks is Necessary https://youtu.be/rjgsV2UUjG8

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