Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 46 – Gratitude

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 46 of our weekly series on the soul: a brief personal reflection on gratitude, or the lack thereof. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my soul is starving. I haven’t been able to see my friends or family. I mean, I haven’t been able to be with them. I’ve been busy with this and that and I haven’t had time for music. I don’t mean I haven’t had time to listen to music, I’ve done plenty of that. But I haven’t had time to sit down with a MIDI keyboard or guitar and play. Something always comes up that needs my attention and my time and I never get around to doing what I used to spend hours and hours doing every day: PLAY. You would think that a retired disabled person with no kids or job would have nothing but time on her hands and could play the guitar or anything she wants to, all day every day, but it hasn’t turned out that way.

And I haven’t been spending nearly enough time praying. Or reading the Bible. I haven’t gone to adoration in I don’t know how long. I haven’t been to Mass. I MISS MASS! My health has been a concern and has kept me away from people since way before lockdown(s), so I’m about to go stir crazy by now. I miss visiting with friends and family, but mostly I miss going to sit with the Lord as He waits in His tabernacle. I miss sitting at the feet of the One Who waits for any of those for whom He gave His Life, to return to give Him thanks. Not being there makes me feel ungrateful. Makes me feel I’m neglecting the one thing necessary. The One Person from Whom nothing should keep me away. How can my soul survive like this? If I don’t get to go to confession and Mass soon, if I don’t make sure to get there, allowing nothing to stand in my way, I know I’m going to implode.

11 And it came to pass, as he was going to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; 13 And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us. 14 Whom when he saw, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God. 16 And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering, said, Were not ten made clean? and where are the nine? 18 There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. 19 And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.

Luke 17:11-19. Douay-Rheims Bible. Public domain.

Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again soon. There are lots of other things here to read or to use. The Rosary Project comes to mind. :) Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, virtuous and holy. May the Lord bless and keep you, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

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Image: Jesus Healing the Leper, by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, 1864. Pinterest (I don’t usually use Pinterest as a source, but this one was the largest image size I could find). (By the date of it, it should be in the public domain. That’s what I’m hoping, anyway.)

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