skills, my virtues and accomplish-
ments. These are made possible by
God’s free gift of grace. Gratitude
stems from the virtue of humility: to
know who and what I am before God
and to live in gratitude for God’s love
and blessings. Humility isn’t a matter
of looking down at myself or being
unworthy. It is a matter of knowing
even in these simple matters, and
grateful for God’s presence.
Be we ever so humble
Gratitude, another important aspectof Benedictine spirituality, is a signthat I recognize that all I have is agift from God, even my talents and
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WORK, SAYBenedictines, is a wayto participate in God’screative action in theworld. Pictured here isFather John Meoska,O.S.B., an artist andcarpenter of St. John’sAbbey in Collegeville,Minnesota.
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