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Ways to practice gratitude and thanksgiving

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IMG_0104Gratitude for God’s goodness is the foundation of Christian prayer. In fact, the word Eucharist is Greek for “thanksgiving.” Here are some ideas for praying with gratitude:

Gratitude journal. Practice gratitude by keeping a list or journal of all that your family is thankful for, incorporating the process into your family meal or prayer time. If your kids have trouble coming up with new things to be thankful for, try doing Highs and Lows first.

Make a thanksgiving mural. For younger children, set aside some wall space (or window space, using dry erase markers) for posting words of gratitude. Get creative and make a mural—for example, a tree in which the leaves are prayers of thanks, a rainbow with raindrops of thanks, etc.

Dedicate the month of November to thanksgiving. Many families place a special emphasis on making a long list of things to be thankful for during the month leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Bring the list to your Thanksgiving meal to read.

#thankful. Make your attitude of gratitude public by sharing your list on social media.

Learn more:
Psalm 136:1; Luke 17:11-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Catechism of the Catholic Church #2637-2638

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