“The circle of gratefulness is incomplete until the giver of the gift becomes a receiver: a receiver of thanks. When we give thanks, we give something greater than the gift we received, whatever it was. The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves. One who says “Thank you” to another really says “We belong together. The bond that unites them frees them from alienation. Does our Society suffer from so much alienation because we fail to cultivate gratefulness?”

From Brother David Steindl-Rast (in Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer book)

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