The word “Gratitude” means: to have an attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for all the good we have received or will receive in the future. It means we also have taken time to acknowledge these gifts from God and others.
The word “Ingratitude” means: to not be thankful or acknowledge all the wonderful things given to us (or have happened to us) by God or others.
St. Bernard said; “Ingratitude is an enemy of the soul, which destroys merits, corrupts virtues and impedes graces. A heavy wind that dries up the fountain of goodness, dew of mercy and the stream of the graces of God.”
St. John Chrysostom said; “The best way to keep God giving us things, is to remember them and being thankful for them. God daily overloads us with innumerable benefits, asks nothing for them, but to thank Him for them.”
St. Augustine said: “Nothing is more pleasing to God than to say “Thanks be to God”.”
Why not take some time to write down all the good things God has done for you, given you and has promised to give you in the future. Call it a “gratitude journal” where you keep track of all the great things God has miraculously done for you or helped you avoid.
One terrible sin today is the lack of gratitude by Catholics for the gift of children. After the 1, 2, and maybe 3 children, they see the gift of another child as something evil, bad or problem. Other than the gifts of forgiveness of our sins, the sacraments and the hope of eternal life with God forever, a child, and all of them that God would be so generous as to give, are the greatest gift from Almighty God.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.