“In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:18
Celebrating Gratitude Month in November gives each of us an opportunity to recognize God’s abundant blessings and to express the gratitude we have stored up over the past year. But as St. Paul says, God desires that our thanksgiving not be an occasional disposition, rather an integral expression of our spiritual lives.
In challenging times like we have faced this year, it can sometimes be difficult to actively practice gratitude, but it is in these times that it is more important than ever.
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which Thou hast given me, for me,
O most merciful friend, redeemer and brother.
May I see Thee more clearly,
love Thee more dearly
and follow Thee more nearly.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with a few of the seminarians at The Pontifical College Josephinum and asked them to share who their favorite saint is, and why.
I am most grateful to our Blessed Mother for her guidance and protection throughout my faith life. She has led me at every point, even when I didn’t see Her hand in it yet.
I am very grateful for family and friends who love me and help me to be the best person and disciple of Christ I can be.
I am most grateful for the opportunity to discern the Lord’s will for my life in a fruitful place like the seminary.
I’m incredibly grateful for my family. Like God, they love me way more than I deserve!
I am grateful for those who are finding time and ways to serve the poor and suffering in the midst of COVID restrictions. At the seminary, many of the ways we served the community have been cut off (for instance, we can no longer visit the elderly at nursing homes, since they are closed to the public). So, I know that it can be tough to find ways right now to help out.
I’m grateful for the friends I made when I was part of campus ministry (Roocatholic) when I was at The University of Akron. They always have joy and a love for Christ and you could always tell. They really taught me how to be a saint. I’ve made some great memories with them and I’m grateful for what they did for me and taught me. Never lose those holy friendships!