Part of the wisdom teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola was the understanding that as God is in all things, there is space for gratitude in all circumstances—that “All is Gift”, even the most difficult of circumstances.
In honor of the feast of St. Ignatius—which was yesterday, July 31st, we offer a reminder of some of ways that we might find “Gift” in circumstances that seem anything BUT gift.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for difficult times, because they give you the opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Perhaps we might find a way to be thankful in the midst of our troubles, our hard spots, and allow them to be transformed into blessings as we become aware of God’s presence in the midst of challenge.
Borrowed from Silent Insight, Daily Catholic Meditations for Faith, Listening, and Peace.