Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Great food, family, and most people enjoy a four-day weekend.

Before we eat, our family goes around the table and shares something or someone they are grateful for in the past year. I am always challenged to just pick one thing.

Of course, I’m grateful for family, friends, the beauty of creation, my work, home. Even in the midst of a challenging year health-wise, there is so much to be grateful for in my life.

One resource that has encouraged me to live in gratitude is “The Network for Grateful Living” inspired by the teachings of Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast. I subscribe to the “Word of the Day” from the website at www.gratefulness.org.

Another favorite feature is the video, “A Good Day.” It’s only five minutes but it’s changed how I view the world and the blessings God provides each day. Give yourself a gift and take five minutes to watch the video as we approach Thanksgiving.

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything. (Thomas Merton)

(Mary Green, Director of Adult Faith Formation, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish)

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