Prayer Moments: Gratitude

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A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. PSALM 100:1–2

Keep us grateful

Dear Lord, we recognize gratitude as the key attitude to happiness. It keeps us optimistic and appreciative. It feeds our heart, mind, and soul with the celebration of thanksgiving. This attitude of gratitude is pleasing to those around us and to you. May we see blessings in all our experiences, even those that
bring suffering. In this way, Lord, we will be able to endure and overcome all things with a joy-filled heart. Amen.

  • Do we often take things for granted? If so, what types of things?
  • What are ways in which we can adopt an attitude of gratitude?
  • How does being grateful change the way we see things?

Less is more

Dear Lord, it is interesting to see how many in the world do not have the basic necessities but do have a great deal of gratitude. They have barely enough food to feed themselves, yet they share what they have with others. They live in wooden shacks but invite their neighbors to come and live with them. They have little clothing but are willing to share what they have with others. We pray that we will have the same gratitude, joy of heart, and strong desire to share that our poorest of brothers and sisters show. Amen.

  • Can having too much take away an attitude of gratitude? If so, how?
  • Are people with less more grateful than those with more?
  • Why is it that we tend to appreciate things only after we lose them?
Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications and available through Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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