April 20, 2001
volume 12, no. 110

Do you have an attitude of gratitude?

    Easter is such a wonderful part of the Church year! It is interesting that the Church gives us 40 days of Lent, a time for repentance and sorrow for our sins, but gives us 50 days for rejoicing in the Easter Season.

    You know, that Easter is not just Easter Sunday. It IS Easter Sunday, but it is a whole SEASON of rejoicing that the Lord has risen from the dead. Easter is the greatest Feast of the Church Year, for if the Lord had not risen from the dead, our Faith would be in vain. We might as well look for another religion, for the follower of Christ would be following a dishonest man. But as it is, the Lord, Our Savior and Master, is true to His Word. “He has risen as He said.” Alleluia, alleluia!

    To me, everything about Easter is wonderful. Spring has sprung, flowers are beginning to bloom, the weather is warmer, the Easter music is joyful! “O Happy Fault” which brought us Our Jesus! We have every reason under the sun to be happy and grateful during this time. The Son of God has redeemed us. We have a chance now for going to Heaven. We cannot, nor could not get there on our own. Our God has loved us so much that He paid the price for us - purchased our souls from the brink of eternal death.

    Did you know that grateful people are happy people? I think that the first way to be happy people is to make others happy, but a second way is to be genuinely grateful for all we have and for all that God has done for us. Once in Medjugorje, Our Blessed Mother said that everything we have is a gift from God.

    I know that many people have very tough lives. They may live in an abusive relationship. They may have ill health or work in most unpleasant circumstances. Homeless people don’t know from where their next meal will come or if they will have shelter from the rain. Everyone has sufferings of some sort in their lives. Yet all of us have many reasons to be grateful. We are alive. We have been redeemed. We have a chance for Heaven.

    Most of us have someone who loves us. To be loved by even one person is a gift. There is a saying - from where it came, I do not know. It goes:

    “Two men looked out of prison bars;
    one saw mud and the other saw stars.”
    In that one sentence we receive a lesson on attitude and outlook on life. Mud and stars both exist, but what a person concentrates on can determine his happiness or misery. We can dwell on misery, or we can count our blessings. On what do you concentrate? Do you have an attitude of gratitude or are you always complaining about something?

    Let us pray! Lord, help me always to be grateful for all the good You have given me. Help me to be grateful for my sufferings, also, because they are opportunities to come closer to You. I love You, Lord. Please make me a saint.

    God bless you, dear reader.

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

For past columns by Sister Lucy, see GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER Archives

April 20, 2001
volume 12, no. 110
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