Business and politics, science and technology, entertainment and leisure
– these are things that seem to be driving the world today.
Much of the news is about these things;
and events in these areas always hog the headlines.
But life is much richer than these.
We need to celebrate and to preserve the beauty there is in nature.
We need to celebrate families and small communities where love lives and is nurtured. We need to celebrate the arts through which the human spirit is uplifted.
We need to celebrate our faith which gives us a glimpse of what we truly are.
Poverty and wars are a scandal because we have the resources and wherewithal
to banish these twin scourges forever.
Many of us are lonely and afraid and yet there are so many of us willing
and able to lend a hand and give comfort to one another.
There is so much frenzied activity with people in a hurry to get to nowhere.
We need to stop and listen, be touched and be moved and
be changed by the presence of God in our lives.
These are the things worth being truly grateful for.