One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. [Lk 17:15-16]

We are always receivers: we receive from God the gift of natural life, the gift of new life in Christ, and the gift of healing when the wounds of sin prevent us from living that new life.  Let us not merely give thanks but live lives overflowing with the spirit of thanksgiving.


With grateful hearts we pray:

R. O Lord, how great are your works!

For those who are blind to your many gifts: let them see and say: R

For those who suffer from depression and are unable to give thanks: let them see and say: R

For those who mistake your gifts for their own achievements: let them see and say:  R

{from Magnificat}

I heard of a survey once on THE PRESCENCE radio station that showed that children who are grateful do something like 40% {or maybe more} better in school than those who are not grateful.  And, Christian children who are grateful to GOD, do something like 75% better than those who are not grateful.  So teach your children to be grateful for everything we have, especially since it all comes from God in one way or another.