Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day, 25 Nov 2010

Click here to download and listen to this homily (11 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise at St Rose of Lima parish in Wrangell AK.  Only one of the ten people who Jesus healed from leprosy returned to give thanks.  That is about average even today with only 10-15% of people are living a life of gratefulness. I was challenged ten years ago by my spiritual director while at Mount Angel Seminary to make a list of the ten things I was grateful for every evening of a week.  I have kept this spiritual practice up because of how joyful it allows me to be, very conscious of my abundant blessings. Now there is good scientific evidence, from an ongoing study at UC Davis that this daily gratefulness list works.  Visit for more details and take the site tour today. We do ourselves harm when we fail to give thanks and cultivate a grateful heart on a daily basis not just once a year.

Homework: Make a list of ten people/things/events/etc... that you are grateful for. Repeat often.

Sirach 50:22-24; Psalm 113; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19

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