Living with Gratitude—On Thanksgiving Day and Every Day

For some people, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday.  What makes it so appealing is the relative simplicity of the day: gathering around the table with family and friends to enjoy each other’s company and partake of a delicious meal.  For many, it’s a rare gathering of extended family, whose members sometimes travel long distances to come together with loved ones.  Without the frenzy of shopping and the seemingly non-stop entertaining that can accompany Christmas, Thanksgiving allows us to stop, to reflect, and to get in touch with who and what we are most grateful for.  The depth of gratitude that we experience can truly be remarkable, and perhaps we wonder why we don’t experience it more.

In the spirit of becoming aware of gratitude each day throughout the year, we present this video, “A Good Day,” narrated by Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast.    May it help us to make each day of our lives an opportunity to notice all the blessings in our lives, and to be grateful.

See more reflections by Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, at

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