Living In The Eucharist, Living In Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday in November.

For Catholics, our union with Jesus in the Eucharist should be a time of giving thanks. And, since the Eucharist is being celebrated somewhere each minute around the world, all Catholics should strive to join in that thanksgiving wherever we are.

Living a life of thankfulness can be difficult. Even the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament only has four psalms of Thanksgiving (compared to many more asking for God’s help). Human nature seems to focus on our woes, rather than our blessings.

One of my favorite practices is to write a daily gratitude list. After Evening Prayer, I write down five things I’m thankful for from the previous day. I keep this running list in a journal. This activity not only reminds me to be thankful, but also lets me look back on my incredible blessings whenever I may feel less than thankful.

Ultimately, as Christians we have a lot to be thankful for, especially the love of God as shown in Jesus Christ. If we can’t think of anything else (but I’m sure we can), that alone is enough to be thankful for every second of every day.

About Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is a writer, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother David. The site gets over one million visitors a year. His writings have also appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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