Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Norm LeDonne Jr

3/13/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

What are you greatful for?

So many people today complain and worry about what they don't have. They don't have that nice car that they wanted to buy, but could not afford. They don't have the fancy clothes. They don't have the fame that they sought. Or the big house. They don't have what the neighbors have, or their sister, or brother. They spend far too much time thinking about what they don't have, and not enough time thinking about what they do have.

We praise God through our music.

We praise God through our music.

Highlights

By Norm LeDonne Jr

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/13/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: God, Gifts, Life, Music, praise, love, faith, healing


LOS ANGELES, CA - Music is a powerful way to convey the Word of God. Felix Mendelssohn once stated 'Even if, in one or other of them, I had a particular word or words in mind, I would not tell anyone, because the same word means different things to different people. Only the songs say the same thing, arouse the same feeling, in everyone - a feeling that can't be expressed in words.' Mendelssohn expressed the joy I feel listening to the great Christian musicians of today.

What does music have to do with being grateful? Tom Tomaszek wrote a song titled 'Grateful'. The song encourages us to think about many of the wonderful things for which we should be grateful. Things we don't think about. So, we don't have the big house. But we have something much better. We have a home. We don't have that fast car. But ours is payed for, and is reliable. We don't have the fancy clothes. But ours fit us both physically and emotionally. We have our health. We have our wife, or husband, and they are not only our best friends, but are also our constant supporters.

See our exquisite line of Saints Medals

Tom's song expresses many of the spiritual gifts we have received, that frequently go unnoticed or forgotten. The Father has given us life. He gave us his only begotten Son to redeem our sins. He gave us the Bread of Heaven, and His Holy Word. He gave us love. So many wonderful gifts, that we forget or ignore in the daily hustle-bustle of life.

Listen to the song Grateful (http://youtu.be/Yz-wEa6DTV0), and feel God's grace. Think about the lyrics. Rejoice in what you have, what you are grateful for.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Universal:
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.



Comments


More Blog

Book Review: Encountering The Manuscripts

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

I never gave much thought as to how the New Testament came to be written. I had assumed that someone carefully compiled the various writings sometime in the late 1st century, and that an intact New Testament existed from that time. That being said, I was frequently ... continue reading


Jesus Loves You: Trust in Him!

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

There is so much to prayer beyond simply asking God for all that we need in this life. When we trust in Jesus, and subsequently praise and worship Him for all that He is, we are surprisingly and profoundly filled with hope for today and eternity, we encounter sublime ... continue reading


Who Am I

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

Humble people often have times in their lives when they receive an honor that they think they did not deserve. This praise may lead them to ask the question "who am I to deserve this?" They consider themselves unworthy of the glory for whatever reason and they question ... continue reading


The Storm of Resistance

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

The powerful winds swirled and twisted around my body as I stood there motionless. It danced so close to me, yet left me completely unscathed. It circled round me as if I was the eye of it's existence standing there in it's center completely calm and at peace. My arms ... continue reading


We Can't Give Up On Marriage

Image of

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Considering the recent focus on the family both inside and outside of the Church, it seemed fitting that we'd find ourselves under a spiritual attack, targeted directly at our Achilles's heel. Thus, I wasn't startled to sense that persistent nagging in my gut that ... continue reading


An Encounter With Jesus Through The Hand Of A Child

Image of (Blue Caleel/Pinterest).

By Jackie Stammen

Surprises. Our God is full of surprises. A mentor in my life once told me to expect surprises in life, you are sure to have them. Good or bad, you will experience surprises. Three weeks prior to the end of 2014 (good riddance, you crazy year, I am so glad you are well ... continue reading


The Nails

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

The Nails is a heartfelt ballad by Michael Schroeder, expressing the remorse and love felt by Christians when pondering the great sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins. The song itself is subdued and quite simple in structure and performance. However, this ... continue reading


On Being a Catholic Christian:

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

Being a Christian today can be riddled with challenges and awkward times. Being a believing Christian is not for the faint of heart, or for those looking for popularity or worldly reward. However, they are compelled to embrace the high road whenever humanly possible, ... continue reading


So Shines a Good Deed in a Weary World

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Beginning on Saturday of this past weekend, the phrase made popular by Gene Wilder's character in the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "So shines a good deed in a weary world," has been dancing around in my head. I guess it would be logical for me to ... continue reading


My Winged Messengers

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Whenever I have been blessed to spend time in the chapel at the retreat house at the Abbey at the Genesee, an assortment of birds always flies above and around the exterior of the chapel as I first begin to pray - carefree, chirping, doing what God created them to do, ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 1:6-22
6 One day when the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 17:1, 2-3, 6-7
1 [Prayer Of David] Listen, Yahweh, to an upright cause, pay attention to ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:46-50
46 An argument started between them about which of them was the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 26th, 2016 Image

Sts. Cosmas & Damian
September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian were brothers, born in ... Read More