Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.
Dear brothers and sisters, we have so much to be thankful for: our family, friends, sisters and brothers, our very breath of life. How easy to be grateful when we see the flowers blooming and all the trees in their greenery around us this time of year. All is such wonderful gift from our generous God. Most especially, as St. Clare tells us, we are grateful for our vocation – as Christians and as contemplative religious. What a gift God has given us to live life fully present to him with minimal distraction, offering ourselves to Him for each other, the larger Church, and the world. The world is constantly being transformed through prayer and we are blessed to be a vital part of that.
His mercy endures forever.
How sweet and appropriate is this refrain during this year of mercy. God shows us His mercy in so many ways: the help we give to and receive from each other in our monasteries, the prayers we offer and that are offered for us; God’s simple listening presence during our silent prayer and our consequent ability to be such a presence for each other. Any time we engage in any of the works of mercy – offering food, drink, shelter, clothing; forgiving, praying for others, offering comfort, just to name a few – we are participating in God’s own gift of mercy to each other.
Gratitude and mercy are truly the heart of the Christian – and especially of the Poor Clare – life.
May God bless all of you who read this and fill you with His great peace and love!