Today is Thanksgiving and it has been quite the year. Over the past year I have broken a few bones and endured a few staph infections. Through it all I give thanks. I give thanks for my health, for my family, and for the strength to endure. There is always something to be thankful for and the saints show us that.
The Saints Were Thankful
The bottom line is that there is always something to give thanks for. We give thanks for the sacrifice that our Lord Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. The sacraments are something else to give for. How about our families? Our families are a great blessing that we must not forget to rejoice over.
Sacred scripture tells us to give thanks in all things. This is the testimony of the saints as well. To assist us this Thanksgiving here are twelve quotes from saints to help us remember our many blessings.
Quotes From Saints on Thanksgiving
Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence. — St. John Paul II
Get used to lifting your heart to God, in acts of thanksgiving, many times a day.
Because he gives you this and that. Because you have been despised.
Because you haven’t what you need or because you have. Thank him for everything, because everything is good. — St. Josemaria Escriva
In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks. — St. Teresa of Avila
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. — St. Ambrose
A man wanted to do evil, but first prayed as usual; and finding himself prevented by God, he was then extremely thankful. — St. Mark the Ascetic
O my God, let me remember with gratitude and confess to thee thy mercies toward me. — St. Augustine
The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness. — St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Gratitude is the first sign of a thinking, rational creature. — Bl. Solanus Casey
O God, grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have not, and whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do. — St. Thomas Aquinas
Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve You as You deserve. — St. Ignatius of Loyola
Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude. — St. John Chrysostom
Jesus does not demand great action from us but simply surrender and gratitude. — St. Therèse of Lisieux