The Lenten season is upon us! To continue our theme for the year, “Joy is the fruit of appreciation” (Matthew Kelly), and as a follow up from out Spirit of Gratitude conference, Cabinet has reached out to men and women close to the Catholic Campus Ministry who are leading holy lives to write reflections on joy and gratitude throughout the Lenten season. These reflections will be sent to your inbox twice a week. On Tuesdays, we will send a reflection on joy and gratitude, and on Fridays, we will send a reflection in preparation for Sunday’s gospel. In addition, every few weeks we will have a video reflection from a student in our community in which they will tell of personal accounts of gratitude in their lives.
To kick off 40 Days of Gratitude, Mr. and Mr. Bereit together wrote a reflection on Joy and Gratitude:
To appreciate all that God has given us with a spirit of gratitude is to find joy. When we stop to look at our blessings through the lens of gratitude, it creates a sense of wonderment and joy.
Last Spring, our family was blessed to watch a cardinal build her nest in a bush near our porch. Each day as we came in and out of the house we stopped to observe her progress and were in awe of her great work. We witnessed God’s handiwork on full display! It brought us joy when she laid her eggs, they hatched, the baby cardinals grew up, and eventually flew on their own. How amazing! In the midst of the business of everyday life, we were grateful to observe God’s gift of new life.
The poet John Milton said, “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
Be thankful for every moment God has given you. Don’t take anything for granted. Soak it all in! The crashing waves of the ocean. The new buds of daffodils in early spring. The joy-filled laughter of friends. All is a gift from God above. Choose an attitude of gratitude. Choose joy for the journey.
-Mr. and Mrs. Bereit