I love summer! I love the warm weather, the bright sun, the flowers and trees in
full bloom, outdoor activities, all of the things that say summer. I love it all.
Just recently I was driving down Rt 101 and I could smell the strong scent of flowers.
As I filled my lungs with fresh air I felt so grateful. Grateful to be alive and
to experience God’s many gifts such as the scent of flowers.
Of course I worry. I worry about parish finances, parishioners who are ill or hurting,
how do we get more parishioners interested in their faith, etc. But every time I
begin to worry I start counting the gifts in my life. I found that I cannot worry
and be grateful at the same time.
Gratitude always brings joy. Active joyfulness brings with it an awareness of who
we are and Whose we are. It acknowledges that all we have are gifts from a generous
Living from the perspective of gratitude and joy, our hearts remain open to the Spirit’s
influence; we stay connected to God. Being grateful for God’s goodness in our lives
displaces our worries and fears and replaces them with God’s presence.
1. Make a gratitude list. Write down 7-10 things on the list each day. Download a
Gratitude app to your mobile device or purchase a blank book specifically for keeping
your gratitude list.
2. Say a grace before each meal. Also say a grace before you engage in a new activity.
3. Each time you pick up the phone, receive or send a text, or look at an email or
letter, give thanks for that person.
4. If you are struggling with fear, sadness, or hopelessness, stop what you are doing
and jot down a list of 5 things for which you are grateful.
5. Say a prayer of thanks at the end of the day.
Have a grateful, joyful and blessed summer! See you in church!