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Richard's Daily Meditations

St. Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera, 1642  

GRATITUDE

St. Francis passed on to us many prayers of praise. He went through his life finding new things for which to praise God at every turn: the little things, nature, the creatures, suffering, his brothers—for whatever is happening, he praises God.

Francis is never trying to earn God's love; he is celebrating it! He continually enjoys God's love in everything he sees and experiences. Mature prayer always breaks into gratitude and praise.

Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, pp. 391
(Source:The Great Themes of Scripture
(no longer in print, see also New Great Themes of Scripture))

Starter Prayer: Give thanks to God, for God is good.