Thought of the Day November 15, 2017 Gratitude for all our gifts

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We have much to be grateful for:
For all the gifts we receive: those we are aware of and those we are not, especially those we take for granted.

(1)We have been given natural gifts: sight and all our senses; intellect, the ability to know and understand; and will, the freedom to choose, to say "yes" or "no" even to God; the gift of memory, forever stored on the microchips of the mind as blessed or scared remembrances; the gift of emotions, which when used properly brings balance into our life and when abused leaves us impaired; the gift of time, to use effectively or to waste uselessly, all of which we will be accountable for. Recall the parable of the talents in the scriptures.

(2) We have been given spiritual gifts at Baptism and Confirmation: "To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good....It is one and the same Spirit who produces all these gifts, distributing them to each as he wills." 1 Cor. 12:7,11

"Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens." Eph 1:3

"Each of us has received God's favor in the measure in which Christ bestows it....It is he who gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in roles of service for the faithful to build up the body of Christ, till we become one in faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, and form that perfect man who is Christ come to full stature." Eph 4:7,11-13

Our proper use of the natural gifts and spiritual gifts is a way of giving thanks to God for these blessings. They have been given for our sake and for the sake of others.

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