Giving thanks where thanks is due
Once while praying I had a thought that was in its way alarming. "Very few thank us in today's church, Michael". What does that mean for the Church today. It depends on how we give thanks to God. We should be giving thanks for food, for families, for work for all the creature comforts we have. We should give thanks for every breath we take and every beat of our heart. We could not exist without the gratuitous gift that allows us to survive, having a life in this world. Above all we should be giving thanks for Love. The Love that dies so we may have eternal life of the best sort.
I must say that if the thought I had is correct and I do not doubt it, then there is a time when thanks by spiritual standards does not exist obviously since I heard this while saying the Rosary. The act of thanksgiving when as a united group we gather for the Sacrament of Love and Expiation. Many catholics come together to give thanks through the Eucharist it seems that not many, not many give thanks. Just what might that mean to a catholic who tries with Charity to unite him or her self to Christ in the offering. Surely it means that Heaven does not see the majority who are offering thanks. It seems many of those are not seen by heaven to be giving thanks, correctly in the eyes of those to whom we offer our thanksgiving. That is in a manner that is acceptable spiritually. Although so many can be seen to be devout at mass. Before you scream shrilly and loudly at what you read. I do suggest, think it over, even go to your Parish Priest, read this to him, tell him when you last went to confession, ask him what he thinks. A decent parish priest recognizing that sin no matter how small tends to dim the intelligence, will or should be able to explain to you the problem. Tell him you are only interested in the truth and he is not to try to ease your conscience. "Just help me inform it", is a good phrase to use.
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