If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you,’
that will be enough.
Gratitude opens doors of the heart; it opens us to the truth of the goodness that is around us, within us, and within others. It opens us to the hopeful truth that we are not alone, but rather part of something that is much beyond us. God is constantly communicating God’s love to us: through others, through the life around us, in the small movements within and in the relationships, events, senses, developments and insights that form our everyday life.
The prayer “thank you” is enough because it is the basis of everything: we recognize who we are in relationship to God and to the world around us; we see life as the gift that it is, with its potential to reveal God’s love, even in the midst of hardship. Seeing with this truth, we may indeed be prepared to see more.
Gratitude frees us. This is what lies at the base of the recent Amazonian Synod’s call to ecological conversion: “God has given us the earth as gift and responsibility, to care for it and to respond on its behalf…The foundation of integral ecology is the fact that “everything is connected” (LS 16)” (final document of the Amazonian Synod, 66).
So that we may walk forward into this integral ecology, this conversion to see that all is connected, let us begin with gratitude. May we see, feel, name, treasure the gifts for what they are: gifts that could not be earned, but that have been given to us out of love.
Sr. Lyan Tri, acj and all of us at St. Raphaela Center