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                                   Thanksgiving Reflection by Pope Francis   

 In the hope of helping you to persevere on the path of fidelity to Jesus Christ, I would like to offer two brief reflections.

The first concerns the spirit of gratitude.  The joy of men and women who love God attracts others to him...joy springs from a grateful heart.  Truly, we have received much, so many graces, so many blessings and we rejoice in this.

It will do us good to think back on our lives with the grace of remembrance.  Remembrance of when we were first called, remembrance of the road travelled, remembrance of graces received ..and, above all, remembrance of our encounter with Jesus Christ so often along the way.  Remembrance of the amazement which our with Jesus Christ awakens in our hearts...Let us seek the grace of remembrance so as to grow in the spirit of gratitude.  Let us ask ourselves: are we good at counting our blessings, or have we forgotten them? 

A second area is the spirit of hard work.  A grateful heart is spontaneously impelled to serve the Lord and to find expression in a life of commitment to our work. Once we come to realize how much God has given us, a life of self-sacrifice, and of working for him and working for others, becomes a privileged  way of responding to his great love.


Pope Francis " Gratitude and Thanksgiving" From Homily at Vespers St. Patrick Cathedral New York City (September 24, 2015)
This excerpt appeared in the November issue of "Magnificat"
Reprinted with permission of Libreria  Editrice Vaticana
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