Spiritual Practice Tuesday: Gratitude. In Scripture we see gratitude quite often; especially after someone has been healed, or a prayer answered. Break the word done to it’s component parts and you find that it means the state of being pleased, the state of thankfulness.
So who is thankful or pleased? First there is God who was pleased when we were made: Eph. 2:10. Secondly the examples of those who realized they had been healed or answered. This is an important group. These men and women understood who God/Jesus was, they got it: the giver of all good gifts.
For us to have gratitude we must acknowledge the gift and the giver.
And our gifts are not always what we expect. Some gifts come by way of lessons or situations which require us to move forward, release something giving it to God, or to gain something making us stronger. Look even closer, do you see the root of grace in gratitude?
Every Mass, every sacrament we participate in helps us build gratitude for what we have been given; even in those Mommy Moments when we step on yet another logo, or have a teen who considers chores not part of the parent child agreement.
I’ll pray for you, please pray for me
Luke 10: 17-24.
The 72 have returned with joy. They have done what they have been given the power to do: heal, preach and what is the main focus of this Mommy Mantra; defeated the devil.
The Gospel of Luke says the 72 returned with their eyes ablaze, with such great excitement they could not contain themselves.
I say this photo on my FB timeline and thought of us immediately. We are the 72 who are going to go out into the world and return with our eyes ablaze!
An Excerpt from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim: A Personal Manual for Prayer and Ritual by Father Edward Hays
This is a devotional treasurehouse with prayers modeled on all traditions and rituals based on everyday activities. Here is a Christian prayer for zeal.
A Prayer for Zeal
Implant within my heart, O God,
the fiery zeal of a Jeremiah,
the conviction of a Ruth or Rebecca
and the zest of a Francis of Assisi.
Stir my slumbering soul,
that it might sing a song of passion and devotion,
drunk with dancing joy and desire for you,
my divine and loving Friend.
May my heart be a hot as the heart of Moses
for all your children burdened by slavery,
for all who feel oppression’s steely heel
or suffer rejection in an alien land.
May I, like your son Jesus,
be consumed with zeal for you, Divine Beloved,
for life, for justice and for peace;
for all that I know in faith.
Fill me with zeal, O God.
Mommy Mantra for October 1, 2013: Do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them? (Luke 9:54)
There are days when our children are fighting and there is more child-drama then a Real Housewife episode that we as moms we want to call down fire from heaven to consume them. But just as Jesus rebuked the disciples he asks us, warns, tells us, maybe even rebukes to take a moments, maybe many, many moments to relax look at the situation and deal with it in strength and peace.
Something easier said than done.