Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.

“I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.”

First Promise of the Sacred Heart

November highlights the Sacred Heart’s gift of grace. What is grace? One definition is the “freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.” That in itself would be something to have, but wait, the Promise says, “…all the graces necessary…” Now there is a generous God! With God, there is no halfway, no measuring or minimalism so present in our culture today. With God, there is only total, free, and unconditional love or grace. Such an outpouring should fill us with a very important attitude — gratitude. This is a quality that must be developed early in life through the influence of family.

Children are natural “givers.” They see the wonder in life and are not distracted by all the “dos and don’ts” of society. But they must be taught to look out beyond themselves to others. It was not by chance that your mother constantly told you, “Say thank you.” The seeds of gratitude are planted early so that they grow daily and then ever so slowly begin to change our view of things around us.

With gratitude we can begin to see: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…” just to name a few of My Favorite Things. Life begins to be seen as a gift. St. Paul reminds us that, “In him, we live and move and have our being..” Everything is a grace from God so why not be grateful! Even, “when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad” I can still be grateful.

So, as we consider this month all those graces from God, let’s begin to grow in the

Attitude of Gratitude.