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A lovely reflection for Thanksgiving

November 13, 2009

Gratitude . . . the sweetest of all the practices . . .
mindfulness of gratitude leads to a direct experience of being connected to life . . .
to the realization that there is a larger context in which your personal story is unfolding.

Cultivating thankfulness for being part of life
blossoms into a feeling of being blessed . . .
an appreciation for the interdependent nature of life . . .
being consciously grateful to family, friends, teachers, benefactors and to all
who have come before you who have made it possible for your existence
to be comfortable, informed, and empowered.

Gratitude elicits feelings of generosity . . . creating further joy . . .
softening a heart . . . building the capacity for forgiveness . . .
meeting life with an open heart . . . in each moment as it arises.

Wishing you a Happy Thanks-Giving . . .


Art: “Autumn Colors” by Pat Willems, CSJ
Reflection excerpt: “Selfless Gratitude” by Phillip Moffitt

Ministry of the Arts is a non-profit ministry sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph.
This ministry provided the beautiful prayer cards for the Gather Us In 2009 conference.

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