Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast has this to say about thankfulness, in his book, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer:
“Everything is gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is the measure of our gratefulness. And gratefulness is the measure of our aliveness. Are we not dead to whatever we take for granted?”
At New Ways Ministry, we are very thankful for many things this year. Our main staff members each offered their top three items for which they are thankful, and they are printed below.
What are you thankful for this year, especially items that may pertain to Catholic LGBT issues? We invite you to share your items in the “Comments” section of this post.
At New Ways Ministry, we are very thankful for many things this year. Our main staff members each offered their top three items for which they are thankful. Here they are:
Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director:
1. All of New Ways Ministry’s friends and supporters, who by their prayers and financial donations keep our ministry strong and vibrant.
2. Catholics in the pews who continually speak out for equality and justice for LGBT people, particularly in the areas of marriage equality and employment non-discrimination.
3. Pope Francis, who renews our hope by stretching out his hands to those who society and the church have harmed by their words, decisions, actions.
Sister Jeannine Gramick, Co-Founder:
1. I am thankful for three wonderful co-workers who make it a joy to advocate for LGBT inclusion in the church.
2. I am thankful that Pope Francis placed questions about same-sex unions on the Vatican survey in preparation for the 2014 Synod on the Family.
3. I am thankful that a high school President in New York welcomed a gay couple to attend their junior prom together and hopeful that this will encourage other Catholic administrators to practice just policies in their institutions.
Matt Myers, Associate Director:
1. Openly gay priests and lesbian women religious who faithfully serve the People of God with integrity and compassion.
2. LGBT Catholics who remain active members of their parishes and dioceses, despite sometimes feeling marginalized or overlooked.
3. Pope Francis and his ongoing ministry of healing, reconciliation, and welcome.
Bob Shine, Social Media Coordinator:
1. Pope Francis, who’s preaching about open doors and a Church that is home for all is made real by his acts of love and inclusion.