Art by Maria Oosthuizen
My thoughts of you are fair as precious stones
out of the memory’s deep mysterious mines.
I cut and polish, hold the gems to light—
color of sea water, color of wines
coaxed from the earth’s sweetest fruits.
I drop them down into my heart,
into the lifted hands of love
whose lone concern is your renown.
~ A poem by Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit (Jessica Powers), O.C.D.
Thank You Father, for the Gift of Your Love!
A Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving Canada!
“Now I occupy my soul and all my energy in His service; I no longer tend the herd, nor have I any other work now that my every act is love.”
~ Saint John of the Cross
He Shall Hear My Voice, art by Michael Dudash
A prayer of gratitude will always influence our perceptions outside prayer. Once we are in the habit of thanking God for all that is happening in our life, including the harder challenges, a new realization awakens. The providential nature of events begins to show itself more. We “see” the hand of God more at work or at least trust implicitly that his reasons will show themselves in time. The actual presence of a divine request in a day’s circumstances becomes more available to our attention. The sense of spiritual opportunity increases, the sense that God is giving us a chance to prove our love in still another way. All these effects are due to a conscious effort to express gratitude to God for all he is doing.
~ A Reflection by Father Donald Hagerty