It’s Always Something!

November 18th, 2013 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized


“If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”  “It’s always something.”  When we hear these expressions, we think of the bad things in life that can pile up: a flat tire, spilled coffee, phone calls and text messages with bad news, loss, a forgotten appointment, a broken foot, disaster.

Charles Dickens led a difficult life, especially in childhood. His childhood experiences became immortalized in novels whose main characters are poor or sickly youth. So I was surprised to read that Charles Dickens said, “There is always something for which to be thankful.”

When things are not going well, I try to make it my practice to say with a prayerful attitude, “Praise and thanks!” Some may consider this a bit foolish; however, when we know that all of life is gift, then everything in life is also gift. Everything can work to our good. So if I spill a box of pins, I have nothing else to do while picking up the pins, so I engage my mind in prayer, saying, “Praise and thanks!” When I’m disappointed or frustrated, those times are also good times to say, “Praise and thanks!”

Today see how often you can say “Praise and thanks!” for everything.



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