October 2, 2013: A Prayer of Grateful Thanksgiving

~ by Sr. Marie Rene, S.S.J.

Upon rising each morning, rather than turning on the television, it is well to be aware of God, and His Gift of this day and the creation that surrounds us!!!

A prayer like the following could be quietly united with God in heaven and within us:

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the Gift of a new day and the gift of creation and its beauty. Thank you for the sleep which has refreshed me and for the chance to begin life again today. I welcome this new day as your gift to me, and in the first moments I offer myself to You. Father, I will quietly and serenely receive from your hand the work and burden of this day: its joys, its sorrows, its challenges, its responsibilities and its opportunities. Make of me a good steward of my brothers and sisters and in my care of the whole of creation. Bless this day for me, for those I love, for all your children. To us all grant your provisions for our needs today and the grace to see this day in the light of eternity.


Praying for you through Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Sister Rene


Sister Marie Rene, is a Sister of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, Florida and is the Prayer Director for the Sisters of Life. She has devoted her life in service to Catholic Schools as principal and teacher, to the sick and dying in the Diocese of St. Augustine and to the needy in various outreach ministries. Sister Rene worked in ministry to the men of Our Lady of Hope Farm for eight years. Sister has also worked with Sister Mary Albert, SSJ, the great historian “archivist” for five years.

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