Practice Gratitude

As our weather starts to warm up things around here, slow down just a bit. The timing is perfect to Practice Gratitude – taking time to notice and reflect upon the things we are thankful for.

Every morning when I pull into the parking lot and see the future of the Casa unfolding before my eyes, I am grateful for all the many benefactors who are making the new church possible. And I am grateful for the men and women working in the hot sun to build our beautiful new place of worship.

I am grateful that God directed me in ways years ago that gave me the opportunity to work here at the Casa where I have learned to appreciate and love the Franciscan tradition. 

As much as I hate to say it, I am grateful for the political discourse that we have been hearing as of late. Even on a good day it is distasteful, filled with ugly words causing many of us to fear our future. How can I be grateful for this? Because it forces me to realize that no human leader can take away my fear of the future, so I must fix my eyes on Jesus – He is in control.  I am grateful for the reminder to be a person of faith and hope for our future.    

I am grateful for the countless number of volunteers who come forward and say “yes” when an opportunity is presented. And I am grateful that so many of you came out last month for an evening under the stars allowing the Casa staff to show you how much we appreciate you.

I encourage you to practice gratitude by recognizing what you’re grateful for, acknowledge it, and then take the time to appreciate it.

Peace and Grace,

Pat Bennier, CVA

Director of Volunteer Services

CLW Staff PB

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