Two lovely thank you cards came in today’s mail. Without my remembering that there was a concrete reason for receiving them, they arrived as a surprise and brought to mind those memorable words of Shakespeare in his play, “Merchant of Venice,” Act I4, Scene 1: “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven. Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” Such, also is the quality of gratitude! Being grateful blesses the one who says “thank you” and the one who cannot even remember meriting such a lovely, gentle expression from another’s heart! To whom do you want to express gratitude today? Will you speak your gratitude or send a card or is there another way to both bless and be blessed?
By Renée Domeier, OSB