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As Christmas is upon us and the year closes to an end, I am looking back on this year in appreciation of the many gifts I've been given. My late Mom kept gratitude lists, jotted down on small pieces of note paper, for all the things that happened to her and her loved ones (particularly her children) in any given year. This gratitude was the greatest secret to my Mom's saintly joy, in the midst of struggles.
This is my 500th post, and only the 2nd new topic I've ever started. I'm looking at this as a milestone, and I believe as my subscription expires in January, I will no longer have a need to be on Catholic Match, which has been a Godsend for me personally.
This is my very abbreviated gratitude list; these are particularly related to CM. I invite you to post your own gratitude lists here as well.
LD friends made here on CM, many in the fora
Sharing a story in the sports forum about my Dad's cousin, and his love of--of all things--the Red Sox
The laughter in the fora. (Sometimes laughing at my own jokes even if no one else does!)
The Our Lady of America threads which are changing my life for the better
The prayer threads. So many people getting support through these.
Hangin' with my bros in the guys forum.
Learning not to get too caught up in conflict, even when I disagree strongly. (See prayer threads, still gotta work on this)
Trivia, even though I've never cracked the top 10. I'm usually in the middle of the pack.
And last, but really first:
The wonderful gift of a Catholic relationship
These top the gratitude list for me. Please add your own, whether CM related or otherwise. Have a Merry Christmas! God bless.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Thank you for starting this thread, John!
I am so grateful for life, for my healthy, smart, kind, funny, joyful children, for my good friends especially my fellow Franciscans and the people I'm meeting here on CM especially a few women who have reached out to me and shared so much, for a warm home filled with fun and music and laughter, for food and shelter and enough to share with those less fortunate, for God's mercy and love and grace most of all.
May God bless each and every one on here and their families with open hearts filled with joy!
God is good! Thanks for sharing!