by Sister Noreen Walter, SCL

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, it is a fitting time to contemplate the theme of “A Spirituality of Gratitude.” While this topic may initially seem secular, it holds the potential for deep spiritual growth, requiring nurturing and practice. In our fast-paced and often disheartening world, this spirituality can be a gift to others, even when they may not be consciously aware of it.

The spirituality of gratitude is closely tied to our happiness and overall well-being. It rests on our capacity to be thankful and requires effort to cultivate, study, and nurture. For many, this inclination does not come naturally, and in a world filled with distractions, negativity, and busyness, it’s easy to overlook. It all boils down to the focus of our attention. So, I ask each of you, “What is the focus of your heart and mind?”

In the fabric of our lives, there is a need for a conscious “formation of gratitude.” How are we molded into beings with hearts of gratitude? How do we awaken to the truth that everything we have is a gift? These questions lead us to the daily choices we make—choices to fix our gaze on the blessings God has bestowed upon us.

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I warmly invite each of you to embark on a transformative journey guided by the “spirituality of gratitude.” I encourage you to explore the offerings available at Marillac Center. On Saturday, November 18th, we present “Bread for the Journey,” an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Eucharist and the sacred symbolism of bread, complete with the hands-on experience of bread-making. (Please register early, as our capacity is limited—visit our website for more information.) Furthermore, I extend an invitation to view a wonderful video by Brother David Steindl-Rast, an exploration of the profound dimensions of grateful living.

Join Us for Bread for the Journey

November 18, 2023
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Marillac Center

A time to ponder the sacramental meanings in making, baking, and sharing bread from the elements of grain and leaven; the steps of kneading and rising, shaping and baking, to sharing meals with one another as eucharistic revival as a people.

Hosted by Sister Paula Rose Juaernig and Sister Susan Chase. Contact for more information or to register.