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Today’s episode is all about gratitude.  Yes, gratitude, even though we are now on the other side of Thanksgiving.

I had originally recorded an episode on gratitude shortly before thanksgiving…but I forgot to save it and the episode was lost.  You’d think I’d know better by now.  Nope!  I thought perhaps it might not be worth it to rerecord on this topic after Thanksgiving, but that’s just silly.

Thankfulness and gratitude sit as the absolute FOUNDATION of our faith, our relationships with others and the way we understand ourselves.  There isn’t a season to talk about gratitude.  Gratitude should be the very way in which we live.

And, thankfulness even plays a big role in how we experience the dark moments of life.  I learned this profoundly recently when I miscarried a baby at 20 weeks.

The episode breaks the topic of thankfulness into 3 main topics: Being intentional, being prayerful and being humble.

Links:

J1ST 007: On Marriage and the Eucharist.  One of my favorite episodes, but listen all the way to the end and Katie will inspire you to offer a more complete Thanksgiving after receiving Eucharist.

Holy Sex by Gregory Popkack : A great book for so many reasons.  In my opinion, this should be required reading for all Catholic couples.

And, perhaps most importantly, I was motivated to talk about gratitude because I am SO THANKFUL for all of you.  In the days and weeks after we lost baby Max I was OVERWHELMED with your love and support.  All told I received over 1,000 messages.  I felt completely surrounded with prayer and love and support.  Meals have shown up on my doorstep along with gifts and flowers and cards, often from people that I don’t even know!  You all have been so generous with your love.  THANK YOU.

It is such an honor to serve you in this very very humble way.

Your sister in Christ,

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