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The Simple Pleasures of Life

Long before psychologists and mindfulness gurus were preaching the benefits of acknowledging and giving thanks for what life offers, the great faith traditions of the world strongly encouraged the practice as well. In our Catholic tradition, one of the prayer forms that is recommended is one where we give thanks to God for all that God provides.

This habit of giving thanks hit home quite recently. My son and his wife have been having a tough time with their second pregnancy. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been juggling a two-year-old, work and multiple trips to the hospital to monitor the health of mother and baby. 

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Thoughts for the Journey

Most people, whether they are Catholic or not, are aware that the sacred celebration that Catholics gather for is called the Mass. However, it is probably not widely known that the Mass is also referred to as the Eucharist. Examples of the use of this word can be found in texts, such as the Didache, which dates back to the late first century or early second century.

The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word eucharistia, which means thanksgiving. So when Catholics gather for the Mass, they are giving thanks for the extraordinary things Christ did for us -- namely his life, death and resurrection in order that we might also have eternal life. He also gave his ongoing promise to love us and walk with us. 

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