Gratitude is the Best Attitude

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 28-10-2017

Nobel Peace Prize winning writer and social worker Albert Schweitzer wrote: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep “gratitude” of those who have lighted the flame within us”. Gratitude is one of the fundamental traits of being human. All what we are and what we
own are gifts and blessings from God. The air that sustains us, the water that refreshes us, the food that nourishes us, the shelter that protects us, the sun that shines over us, the rain that enlivens us – all these are but God’s
blessings. Our life itself has its origin and end in God Almighty.
And so it is to Him that we owe our gratitude first. In the story of healing ten lepers, Jesus asked the question: “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Lk 17:17-18).We need the help, support and encouragement of our parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, leaders, soldiers, doctors, nurses, friends and even unknown persons for our survival and growth in this world. Can we ever forget to thank them for their role and influence in our lives?
Henry Ward Beecher says: “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” Thanksgiving Day, as a harvest festival, is celebrated in many cultures and countries around the world.  Family members and friends get together to enjoy the bounty of the harvest and thank God for all the gifts and blessings. However we need not wait for a 'Thanksgiving Day' to thank God and our benefactors. If one has a grateful heart, it expresses itself in gratitude every day, every moment.“For each new morning with its light,For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends”.- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

About The Author

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.