A Sister Reflects - Reflección de una Hermana


Gratitude in Difficult Times

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The following blog is by Sister Nancyann Turner, OP, who ministered in the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Services of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. It was originally posted on the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s website.

I think Thanksgiving must be a difficult time for those who feel bereft or abandoned. I remember my first Thanksgiving prayer with the children at the Soup Kitchen. Brother Ray and I had worked hard to promote prayers of gratitude among the children. One distraught 9-year-old girl shouted out, "I ain't thankful for anything. I don't even know who my daddy is." Her pain stayed with me for a long, long time, but eventually, her life got better and she often expressed words of gratitude.

Sometimes, I also feel pain at the beauty and simplicity of prayers at the soup kitchen morning prayer. So often, someone prays, "I thank God I woke up this morning." Being with so many grateful people has greatly encouraged and increased my own gratitude. But I know gratitude cannot be forced and I will continue walking with some people who need love and patience and healing before their spirit can recognize gratitude. Hopefully, some day, all people will experience blessing and express thankfulness.

Even when times are hard, I must remember to grieve but not to despair. Despite many challenges in our city, country and world, there are, also, so many, many blessings of life, love, family, friendship, a beautiful moon and a rising sun… Will this Thanksgiving season be a time you can share gratitude with someone? Will this special day be a time that you pray thankfulness?

"With gratitude, all life is a journey of blessing. Without gratitude, all of life is perceived as a burden.”  - Jonathan L. Huie

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

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Avatar  Mary Bommarito 2 weeks ago

Remembering with gratitude helps to raise my spirits while remembering my blessings.

Avatar  Jo Gaugier 2 weeks ago

Thanks Nance
For sharing a most moving and heart wrenching reality. Experience isn't always a teacher of gratitude. Remind us to be grateful for being able to immediately be thankful. What a blessed life most of us have. How easily we forget.

Avatar  Ann Pfeffer Brackman 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Nancy. This is very meaningful to me... ann pfeffer brackman

Avatar  Jodie Screes 2 weeks ago

I am so grateful for Nancy's presence in my life!



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