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The Power of Gratitude...

Some days things just seem to be out of sync — disappointing news, difficulties with family or colleagues, feelings of sluggishness or exhaustion. Sometimes there’s a stretch of days like this. My week started out this way, and I soon had a little litany of misery, small and not-so-small frustrations piling up.

But then, an old friend posted a picture from our childhood on Facebook, and it cheered me up. A colleague offered support and advice just when I needed it most. Later, new neighbors paid us a spontaneous visit, bringing a plate of delicious baklava from Turkey. As the day ended, I felt uplifted — and grateful.

Gratitude doesn’t make the problems and challenges disappear; its power lies in transforming our attitudes and reactions, allowing us to experience the blessings that come our way — blessings we all too often miss when we focus on the problems or wallow in self-pity.

Here’s to the power of gratitude!


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."