Thursday, November 26, 2009

Liguori: thanks for what we have received

Thursday, November 26, 2009
    Thanksgiving (U.S.)
    Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    —1 Thess. 5:18
    Who is there that ever receives a gift and tries to make bargains about it? Let us, then, return thanks for what He has bestowed on us... Who can tell whether, if we had had a larger share of ability [or] stronger health, ... we should not have possessed them to our destruction.
    ... Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787), The Complete Works of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, v. II, Redemptorist Fathers, p. 372 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me a fit receptacle for Your Gifts.
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