Sunday, August 19, 2012

Devotion for today: Whatever happens, be grateful!

Saint Ignatius of Loyola says:

It seems to me, in the light of the divine Goodness, though others may think differently, that ingratitude is one of the things most worthy of detestation before our Creator and Lord, and before all creatures capable of his divine and everlasting glory, out of all the evils and sins which can be imagined. For it is a failure to recognize the good things, the graces, and the gifts received. As such, it is the cause, beginning, and origin of all evils and sins. On the contrary, recognition and gratitude for the good things and gifts received is greatly loved and esteemed both in heaven and on earth.

(San Ignacio de Loyola: Completas, edited by Ignacio Iparraguire, SJ, and Candido de Dalmases, SJ, Madrid: Bibliotecca de Autores Cristianos, 1982, p. 679)

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